ON Monday night the "Catholic Times " celebrated its centenary with a dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London. Among the 200 guests ,present were nearly all the members of the Hierarchy.
Mr, William Walsh, K.H.S., a Director of the Catholic Publishing Company, proposed a toast to the Hierarchy. linked with the Apostolic Delegate who was also present, and referred to the way in which the national press could no longer ignore Catholic affairs.
He congratulated in particular the Hierarchy on their achievement on the Catholic schools question. Cardinal Godfrey replied and proposed a toast to the "Catholic Times ". In his address the Cardinal referred to the question of truthfulness in the
newspapers. He reminded his listeners of Pope John's speech at his reception of the press shortly after his election. The Cardinal stressed particularly the fact that speeches were dull when read from scripts. Nor did he like giving scripts to the press beforehand unless it was a particularly important statement.
The Cardinal urged that the press should have good shorthand writers and not merely rely on the speaker to hand over a script.
The freedom of the press was to be cherished but it was a pity that a reply on the Catholic case in the correspondence page was not always allowed to be made.
Dr. James Walsh. K.C.B.S., K.C.S.G., Ph.D.. Editor of the "Catholic Times" replied to the toast,