Page 3, 19th June 1936

19th June 1936
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Page 3, 19th June 1936 — THE CHURCH IN WALES SIR,—There is a Welsh proverb which says Nid da lie ellir gwell ("There is no
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THE CHURCH IN WALES SIR,—There is a Welsh proverb which says Nid da lie ellir gwell ("There is no

good where there can be better"), and I, for one, am not disposed to ignore the aspirations of Welsh Anglicans to return to the Faith they have lost. But "Silfan" must not say that my article was "occasioned" by the remarks of the Rev. A. W. Wade-Evans: I merely quoted part of them which seemed to me to have some bearing on the point of my article, namely, that the return of Wales to the Catholic Church must be bound up with a recognition of her legitimate claims as a nation. Even the hospitable columns of the Catholic Herald have their limit, and a consideration of the hopes and fears of Welsh Anglicans would in fact have been irrelevant to my immediate purpose, and might well have seemed impertinent to those non-Catholics who so frequently complain of Catholic "interference" in other matters.

But I can assure "Silfan" that I am not so parochial as to suppose that what he calls (with, I suspect, a tinge of pleasant malice) "the organised Welsh Church" haF not a real contribution to make to the future of Wales. And Catholics will rejoice that one, at least, of its members realises that "it must now face the task of restoring its proper relationship to its true religious centre, the Apostolic See."

As to "English Catholic in Wales," I can only suggest that he should read the article for had he read more than its heading he could hardly have been guilty of so complete a misunderstanding of its purpose. I was at some 'pains to point out that the "new Welsh nationalism" was a small minority. I said that its programme was "so far the monopoly of undergraduates and nonconformist ministers."

The implication that I advocated a "Welsh invasion" of the Church in England is highly amusing. What I said applied only to Wales, and it will take quite a long time to supply Welsh priests there alone, so he need have no fear that a Cymro's twang may assault the delicate ears of Westminster yet awhile. But the "English Catholic" has very kindly argued himself out of court, since it is certain that "those who know something of Wales" (to use his words) will read with some amazement of the existence of an entirely mythical country, the chief characteristic of which is apparently a "coarse, semi-pagan emotionalism." There may be such a country, of course, and one is always anxious to enjoy the alleged benefits of travel. But I happened to be writing about Wales.

YOUR WELSH CORRESPONDENT. June 5.

CHALLENGE TO PROFESSOR STOCKLEY SIR,—Professor W. F. P. Stockley is the one man in the Minority Republican movement in Ireland known to be qualified to answer in the light of Catholic teaching this very plain question: If A.B.C. is shot dead by orders of the Irish Republican Army, is it murder or is it not?

I have the right to know from a Catholic publicist who publicly identifies himself with persons who are publicly known to hold subversive opinions where precisely he himself stands.

When he has answered my question, I shall, if he wishes, debate with hint for the information of your readers whether or not there is any justification for identifying Free State "coercion" with SixCounty coercion.

I ask your readers please to cut this

letter out and to keep it in their pocketbooks for reference back, if, and when, Professor Stockley replies to it.

HUGH P. ALLEN.

146, Grace Park Road, Dublin.

A SPECIAL TOUR TO FRANCE

SIR,—Will you allow me to make known a motor tour which, under the patronage of the British ambassador in Paris and Lady Clerk, is arranged to start from London, taking place from Friday, June 26, to Saturday, July 4? The tour will be carried out in France in motor-coaches (Pullman seats) de luxe.

A special feature of the tour on Sunday afternoon will be a visit to the Institut Catholique, where we are to have the honour of being received by Mgr. de la Serre, the pro-recteur de l'Universitd Catholique de Paris.

Those who know the Catholic Institute in Paris are aware already of its beauty And interest, and will be glad of an opporunity to revisit it under exceptional conditions. Those who have not seen it will ook forward to a treat.

The tour will be bi-lingual. All our visits will of course be official, and will be accompanied by the directeur of the particular institute or gardens, who will give every information to the visitors.

The Cardinal Archbishop of Paris and the Archbishop of Westminster are presidents of honour of our association.

The tour is arranged under the auspices of the Entente Horticole.

There will be interest in the exchange of views, as well as, for instance, in seeing the wonderful collection of fruit trees —pyramides, quenouilles, fusseaux, palmettes, verrier, and so on—at our visit to the Ecole Nationale d'Horticulture at Versailles.

Visits will be made to certain private gardens near Paris to which the owners have invited us, among them that of Monsieur and Madame Sommier, who possess the historic garden designed by Le Notre for Fouquet, surintendent of Louis XIV. In the afternoon of the same day we are going to the wonderful rose-gardens of Colonel Gravereaux at l'Hay-les-Roses. It will be remembered that the father of Colonel Gravereaux collected here every kind of rose, ancient and modern.

A further object of our tour will be to visit pleasure-gardens near Paris, including those of Bagatelle, associated. with the late Sir Richard Wallace, and the large but little-known gardens of the Ville de Paris at Auteuil, whose collection of floweringshrubs is remarkable.

Monsieur le Prefet will receive our party it the Hotel de Ville, which will be shown to his visitors.

For those wishing to see further examples of French garden design and the work of Le Notre, an alternative programme can be arranged for Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3; including visits to Fontainebleau, Courance, Champs, and Pomponne.

There will be expeditions of interest to British people to the University of Paris and also to the Cite Universitaire, where we shall be received by its president, Monsieur Honnorat, and see the College Franco-Britannique.

The political situation in Paris will not affect our tour in any way.

Our full programme will be sent to any reader on receipt of a stamped envelope. The name and address to which such requests should be sent is: Miss Helen Colt,. The Garden Club, 9, Chesterfield Gardens, Mayfair, W.1.

HELEN COLT.




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