Was It Necessary ?
Was it really necessary for Fr. Brodrick, in answering Mr. Comfort's arguments, to say that he finds Mr. Comfort's novel nauseating, and his poems too highbrow? And could he not have found some more parliamentary way of expressing disagreement than to say "arrant nonsense" and " sentimental bosh"? It seems to me that this kind of approach will repel Mr. Comfort or other non-Catholic readers more effectively than a good many arguments. Fr. Brodrick is winning so far on the argument, but he seems to me to be some way behind Mr. Comfort for courtesy in the public dispute. — D. O'DONOVAN, 249 Creighton Avenue, London, Ni.
Our Lady of Fatima In fulfilment of a promise made in a time of illness I am writing to express my sincere thanks to Our Lady of Fatima for my complete restoration to health which I believe was entirely due to her intercession in response to the prayers of my many kind friends.
In these difficult days when Christianity is faced with the greatest challenge in its history, and when Catholics feel bewildered and impotent to halt the onward march of Communism, let us not forget that we all have in our hands the greatest weapon we could wish for, namely, our Rosary beads, and if we respond to Our Lady's request to the little children at Fatima 32 years ago, and devote 10 to 15 minutes daily to the recitation of the Rosary, we shall he happy in the knowledge that we are in the forefront of the fight with Our Lady to lead us.—M. A. CROSBY. Ilford, Essex.
I heartily agree with the writer of the letter from Tunbridge Wells. I would also like to mention the distraction, which happens in some churches at Eastertime, the collection made as the Palm is distributed on Palm Sunday and at the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday. For my own experience, I am ashamed to admit that my resentment overcame my feelings of piety. As I stooped to kiss the Cross, it was quickly replaced by a plate of coins.
Collections are necessary, but cannot they be made with more delicacy and respect?—L. DOCKER (MRS.), 10 Canning Court, Newnham Road, N.22.
I find it difficult not to agree with the views of Ethel Walter when in the edition of your paper carrying her letter I see a large picture of a tableau in the annual procession Of the Italian Church, Clerkenwell, London. " The boy being carried is said to represent the Pope, supported by workers and surrounded by his guards." I in no way suggest that we should not have public processions, for I am sure that many set a good example too and are understood by those not of our Faith. Bot when it comes to carrying a boy disguised as the Pope himself, surely it would be wiser to hold such festivities inside if that were at all possible.—B. Hick, 30 Cranley Gardens, London, S.W.7.
Explanatory Leaflets "Explanatory leaflets" might be thrown into the mud where the unfortunate Catholics had been kneeling! I have officiated—often alone —at outdoor Processions of the Most Holy Sacrament held at Pembroke Dock during the past quarterof-a-centory, and assisted at a remarkable procession held some years since at Liandovery—which has but a handful of local Catholics. Our Corpus Christi procession here was respectfully witnessed by nonCatholic neighbours, and a special procession on the occasion of a First Solemn Mass was a little Eucharistic triumph. The best " explanation " is dignified piety. Mawkish hymns and the Rosary — often hurried or mumbled — can be scandalous.
Cardinal Manning. whose wise counsels are not always remembered, once suggested the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. — hew DANIEL (REV.), Prestatyn.
Procession to Mass
St. Augustine's procession introduced Christ to the Anglo-Saxons.
England is not yet -lost. It's the Mass that matters, and built the old parish churches and cathedrals of Europe. The Catholic spirit is not dead.
The "Jerusalem Cross " was a great success reverently received. Why not at Easter. Whitsuntide and Christmas a procession of parishioners from the boundaries of their parishes to their church for the
11 o'clock Mass? Also on Good Friday a procession with the Stations of the Cross to their church?— 3. BOWER BROWN, 331 Millhouses Lane, Sheffield, 11.
Can 1., S. Bernard give the when and whereabouts (exact dates, places and numbers, please) when so he alleges " thousands of Catholics perished ", and " unspeakable atrocities" were committed under " the Nazi and Fascist regimes in respect of the regime. established in Italy by Mussolini?
Many today are grateful for the regimes established in Spain by General Franco, and in Portugal by Dr. Salazar, which have saved these countries from Communism. Togliatti returned to he a nuisance in Italy under the regime which followed that established by Mussolini.
MICHAEL E. G. HUNTLEY, Hon.
Secy., L(1 Sociela deg* Amid ditalia. 3 St. Peter's, Bethersden, nr. Ashford, Kent.
Your correspondent, Mr. Warrick A. Cleaver, feels "sure that there are many Catholics who go to the polls and vote blindly for their own
particular party." There are undoubtedly some Catholics who vote for the party and not for the man, But do such persons vote any more blindly than those Catholics who vote for a fellow Catholic irrespective of his party allegiance—A. 1. CHISNALL, 57 Lytham Road, Rugby.
Prisoners' Needs Is it possible to appeal in your paper for rosaries for the men in Wandsworth Prison? It is a very deserving charity and the chaplain can never obtain sufficient rosaries for the prisoners' needs.—G. M. FELLOWS, 114 Louisville Road, S.W.17.
Less Than Justice Fr, Bernard Basset, SI, does much less than justice to "C. J. W. (Finchley)", in your issue of August 12. My objection to Madame Labin's book Stalin's Russia was not because it "contains some unChristian suggestions on the author's part", but because it contains a plea for Marxism, and the Soviet system is condemned, not for being Cornmunist, but for not being Communist enough, My contention is that it is fundamentally a Communist book. --C. I. WOOLLEN, St. Anthony's, 84 Queen's Avenue, Finchley, London, N.3, Rosary Leaflet The plan of the leaflet: " A Method of saying the Rosary with a thought for each Hail Mary" (mentioned in the letter from W. Rearden) is excellent, but the details leave much to be desired. I. used it for a year or two, but the distortions and omissions resorted to in a mistaken effort to glorify Our Lady at the expense of truth eventually so disgusted me that I had to return to my beads for all except the Sorrowful Mysteries, where the author had little room for the practice of fraus pia. If I had come across this production before my conversion, that ven might have suffered a considerable set-back. Notoriously one of the worst stumbling-blocks in the path of the inquiring Protestant is the high place of Mary in Catholic devotion, and this leaflet. I submit, is of a kind to exasperate his prejudices against her. May no copies of it fall into non-Catholic hands until it has been drastically revised. —GILBERT WELLS, " Waycott," Hyde, Fordingbridge, Hants.
Irish Writers Permit me to say that your Dublin correspondent's statement, made in the issue of August 8, "Our leading writers are all published in England." is a notable and noticeable exaggeration.—EotN O'KenereE, Hon. Secretary. The Book Association of Ireland. Office: 38 Westmoreland Street, Dublin.