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IN A FEW WORDS

Contradictions

INEVITABLY with such an ideological acrobatic feat. the practical details of the Statement reveal the most amazing contradictions.

For example, in the act of sabotaging any real pooling of Europe's heavy industries under European authority on the ground that this might well lead to restriction of supplies and underproduction just when " Africa and Asia are crying out for machines," it also insists on maintaining the wholly irrational and artificial national organisations of industry in Europe with their custom barriers, exchange controls and quotas, blissfully unaware, apparently, that these involve precisely the same underproduction and starving of African and Asian needs.

Again. it appears to find no inconsistency in praising American freeenterprise as capable of producing a "Government with a more progressive domestic and foreign programme " than • anywhere " outside Britain and Scandinavia," and in insisting that " it has yet to be proved that any government can force a private capitalist to invest new money in an industry where the expectation of profit is insufficient to attract him. Yet the interest of the community as a whole will often demand this, above all in the basic industries."

Fnli etnployment NATURALLY, there is some 1 reason behind these mental acrobatics, and the reason is not difficult to discover.

It is simply that the Labour Party refuses to approve anything which could conceivably interfere with its own quasi-absolute economic author ity over our own people, This stubbornness has a worthy end, namely the maintenance of full employment at a living wage in Great Britain.

To make this achievement secure it is prepared to abandon all its wider ideology, to side with the most negae tivc of anti-Reds. and to make common cause with capitalist United States.

The Purpose is worthy in itself. but extremely narrow and almost certainly doomed to failure.

If it believes itself to have solved the social problem of its own people, surely it is extremely callous of it to refuse to risk anything to help towards the solution of the problem of the French. the German and the Italian people—not to speak of the Americans, who also have their unemployment-a-and to invite them to wait for their social paradise until socialist governments take them over.

Our danger

RUT more practical, no doubt, is the very obvious point that so Corpus Christi THE new fashion in warm English summers adds greatly to that loveliest outside event in the Catholic year, the Corpus Christi

procession. This year in the charming grounds of Eden Hall (for many years the home of Count RiccardiCubitt, who was converted in 1893, and now St. Andrews Convent) had its red-letter day in that the Archbishop of Bombay. who had come down from the North for a 'First Communion ceremony, officiated at the Procession. As we walked and sang across the lawns and past the giant bushes of rhododendrons, I was thinking of the hundreds of other colouthil and gay Corpus Christi processions in similar English parks and gardens, and wondering whether anywhere else in the world Our I.ord had lovelier country

to bless men from. In the past, however, one associated these processions with the sudden shower or the cold blustering winds which all the time threatened to ruin everything and kept those responsible in a continual state of nerves. But for us this year it was Bombay weather without what I imagine to be the Bombay mosquitoes and Bombay dryness and dust. I think His Grace was happy to be carrying Our Lord in such a setting and happy, top, at having been able to make for one little boy—and his little girl fellowcommunicant—a First Communion day a ceremony of outward ecclesiastical splendour in keeping with its inner spiritual happiness. It was a gracious act to come so far, bringing his precious mitre which perhaps gave more sensible pleasure to the little boy than anything else, even the luminous crucifix !

The Tower of Babel

TALKING to a Frenchman the

other day, who was telling rue about the way in which he runs his large sugar-beet farm, I seemed to get a living glimpse of the effects of the great trek of refugees and displaced persons into Western Europe. He told me that he employed some fifty men, and that it was now becoming practically impossible to keep French labourers on the land. They were all going to the cities. Thus it was that he ran his farm on the lines of the Tower of Babel. Poles, Czechs, Yugoslays, Germans, Lithuanians, he had them all. It has not quite come to that in this country, but it is surely a very interesting historical change when the land of Western Europe comes in he almost entirely worked by the men of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Wilt they not one day claim it ?

Towards United Europe ?

ANOTHER immensely popularised " post-war custom is the au pair system of education and of getting domestic service. For a boy or girl in her 'teens and a little older a year abroad is surely the very best of educations, and it costs practically nothing if the exchange can be made. The custom has produced at least one little romantic consequence. A French family with a branch in England, which split into two rather. hostile branches in the I700's and never had any relations at all since, have now become the best of friends, after 250 years, through the process of arranging to take in one another's children to learn English and French.

A Job ?

FACED, as every business occasion ally is. with finding the right }person to fill a post with possibilities, one realises the weakness of the very "impersonal " personal columns. These achieve wonders when one is looking for the clear-cut classified types. But I have always liked the idea of the still youngish and very active person, with self-confidence and, above all, a business sense, not to mention the very important sense of loyalty, who can be trained up to the specialised work that is so often needed and for which prospects are often excellent. If any of "Jotter's" readers immediately recognises himself in the above part, he could write to me telling me why. He probably will never get an answer, but should the right person —or near-right—do so, he may well leo an answer.

The Gartered Roman Abbot iyIRS. Hamilton Dean, who wrote

our popular series of Pilgrim Walks in Rome. sends the photograph of the arms of the Abbot of St. Paul's Outside the Walls (one of the Jubilee Basilicas) in the monastery refectory, which we reproduce in column 6. The reader will see that the Garter and the Garter motto encircle the Pauline sword,

Mrs. Dean writes : "During the Middle Ages the four great Powers, Austria, Spain, England and France quietly took under their protection the four most important Rodian easilicas. Austria acquired Sc. Peter's. Spain St. Mary Maio!. (whose beautiful ceiling was the gift of the pious Ferdinand and Isabella), France St. John the Lateran, and England St. Paul's. Under this protection the reigning King has the right to be received in state in his basilica, and is a member of the Chapter. As this protection was never repealed at the Reformation, the King of England still possesses his rights and the Abbot of St. Paul's is a prelate of the Order of the Garter."

Benedict XV is supposed to have smilingly asked George V, when visiting Rome, whether His Majesty had claimed his Canon's stall in San Paolo ? The Sign of the Palliurn "A AM moved to obedience to that See, not only by what learned and holy men have written, but by this fact especially, that we see so often that, on the one hand, every enemy of the Christian faith makes war on that See, and that, on the other hand, no one has ever declared himself an enemy of that See who has not also shortly after shown most evidently that he was the enemy of Christ and of the Christian religion."—Se. Thomas More.

"Josephus" nuR school magazines for the

most part reach this office, and very grand and sumptuous many of them are. But a word for Jose phus. the monthly magazine of St. Joseph's Boys' Secondary School, Kingston on-Thames. First, my heart goes out to it because it is full of printers' errors—the printer in this case being the typist or typists who do the stencil from which the copies are multiplied. Any journalist likes to feel sure that there is at least one paper which has more printers' errors than the publication he works for. Second, and more serious, Josephus is entirely done by

the boys. This, it seems to me, should be universally the case. What a missed educational opportunity to have a school magazine in which the boys themselves only contribute notes here and there on their activities. Finally,I like the sentiment of Josephus: God made the bees, the Bees made honey

We all do the work, but the teacher gets the money.

Thomas McGlone, Form 1.

Fr. Patrick O'Connor

REVERTING for a moment to our recent " disaster," I hear that some people in Ireland thought that the famous issue was called in because Fr. Patrick O'Connor's article on birth prevention in Japan Was too frank. This is amusing because Fr. Patrick O'Connor is a member of the Maynooth Mission, known abroad as St. Columban's

Foreign Missionary Society. Once the editor of the U.S.A. magazine, the Far East, and President of the Catholic Press Association, Fr. O'Connor was lent by the Mission to the American news agency. N.C.W.C., for six months. The loan was extended for more than three years, on one occasion at the request of the

Internuncio to China. In these

years Fr. O'Connor has become a very well informed authority on the Far Eas&




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