Pre-View Of British Section
Good Show At Westminster
In the Cathedral Hall, Westminster, on Friday afternoon, January 10, the Archbishop of Westminster, supported by the editors of the four Catholic weekly newspapers and of other publications, opened the pre-view of the British section of the press exhibition to be held at the Vatican in February on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the official Vatican organ Osservatore Romano.
The Archbishop was introduced by Mr. Ernest Oldmeadow, K.C.S.G., editor of the Tablet, who, answering the frequent cry " Surely the Pope will put off the exhibition now that Italy is at war?" pointed out that the exhibition will not be held in Italy but in the Vatican City, " which is no more a part of Italy than is the city of Westminster."
He went on to say that if Pius XI, as soon as the East African hostilities broke out, had cancelled the press exhibition, this would have been a gesture of spiritual defection and moral despair. It would have been tantamount to saying that no spiritual efforts could make any difference, that " this war, like the bad wars of old, must inevitably be fought out to a bloody finish in the old way."
On the contrary, the Pope was praying and working and hoping for something quicker and better—for a just settlement which would leave no vendetta behind it.
Mgr. Ilinsley's Address Thanking the editors, the technical committee, the organising committee of the C.T.S. and Mr. Boland and his staff for their efforts in making the English section so successful, the Archbishop of Westminster explained that the primary purpose of the forthcoming exhibition was to display what has been done throughout the world by the Catholic daily or periodical press.
" Do not let Catholics any longer say," he said, " the Catholic press is not up to standard, it is inferior, therefore we do not support it.' What Pope Pius XI wants us to say is: ' If the Catholic press is not so good as it might be, if it is not equal to the secular press (with its well-lined pocket), it is because we do not support it properly.' "
Continuing the Archbishop said: "In my first address to my people of this diocese on April 29, 1 used these words: The place of the Catholic press in England is of the utmost importance.' It is a mighty power for spreading the truth and defending the faith. It exercises a real apostolate, second only to the preaching office of those who are divinely commissioned to teach in God's church.
Guild of St. Francis " Our writers should be a united band of brethren gathered and nurtured and strengthened round the altar.
" With the intention of promoting such a spirit of united consecration and sanctification, we have formed a guild of writers. A council will be nominated by the archbishop, which will elect its executive committee, the constitutions will shortly be published and the Guild of St. Francis of Sales formally inaugurated."
His Grace congratulated the English .Catholic press on the great progress made in the past quarter of a century, and said, in conclusion: "I congratulate the devoted editors who surround me, and in well-found optimism I prophesy that the success of our press in the next quarter of a century, if peace and unity prevail, will surpass the fine advance of the last twenty-five years."
Interest in Journalists
The editor of the Universe, Mr. H. S. Dean, K.S.G., proposed a vote of thanks to his Grace, and said that on the part of the journalists present this expression of gratitude must be of a personal and intimate kind on account of the kindness and interest shown towards them by Mgr. Hinsley, which had culminated in the announcement of the guild to be started under his patronage.
He assured his Grace of their loyalty and co-operation, and as well on the part of a much more important body of people, the Catholic men and women on the general press.
The Rev. Bernard Grimley, DD., editor of the Catholic Times, expressed his pleasure in seconding the motion, and agreed that in his Grace the Catholic press had found a real friend and sympathiser.
He recalled with pleasure the Archbishop's recent statement that Catholics do not want to be a body apart; that they want rather to belong to the nation and to work in if and for it, and that ours was the gospel of charity, peace and goodwill. In those sentences he had given Catholic journalists a grand lead.
Loyalty and Intelligence Out of the Roman exhibition, he hoped, would come an international Catholic news agency. We needed a Catholic Reuter, a Catholic Press Association, world-wide in scope. A central link in this organisation would be the British Catholic news agency. Our geography, facilities, and so on, made us a central link.
Supporting the vote of thanks, the editor of the CATHOLIC HERALD appealed for support for the Catholic press which, on the evidence of the exhibits around them, was worth supporting.
" If you support it loyally and intelligently, the press will in its turn become more and more loyally and intelligently worthy of your support."
The exhibition was well attended long before the Archbishop's arrival. Many of the visitors had evidently travelled long distances in order to hear his address and to see grouped together all the newspapers, periodicals, parish and school magazines that form the Catholic press of this country.
More than a few must have felt some surprise that these number nearly 350.
The exhibits were so displayed that each section, under its appropriate heading, could be conveniently examined and discussed. Representatives of various publications were in attendance to answer questions. sell copies and create interest among the visitors.
The Catalogue One of the exhibits was a model of the hall which will house the British section of the exhibition in Rome. There were also show-cases displaying journals no longer published and an interesting collection of original letters and manuscripts. The pre-view, which was well attended by a representative gathering, was made possible by the enterprise and hard work of the Catholic Truth Society, which is to be warmly congratulated on its achievement.
In particular the catalogue (still to be obtained from the C.T.S. offices, price 6d.) is a most useful and illuminating publication, of which the historical introduction is a mine of valuable and out-ofthe-way information.
President Of Catholic Action
In the course of his address. reported above, the Archbishop of Westminster announced that he had been appointed by the Holy See and the bishops of this country to be president of the National Board of Catholic Action in England and Wales.
The first correct solution of last week's crossword puzzle was sent by Mr. R. Vaux, 2, Denton Terrace, Bexley, Kent, to whom a book-prize valued at half-a-guinea will be sent.