HE Rome correspondent of the Catholic T Herald draws my attention to the fact that the Pope has now virtually recognised the annexation of Abyssinia by blessing the Golden Rose for the " Queen-Empress " of Italy. This, of course, is subsequent to the publication of the Annuario. in which no mention of the imperial title is made, as I remarked last week. I draw the attention of readers to the despatch from Rome on the subject, printed on another page.
Leftism and Education
AFRIF ND was suggesting to me the other day that the drift towards the Left among the younger intelligentsia was due to modern theories of education. Now that we no longer punish children, but avoid having to do so by taking infinite care that their environment is perfectly adapted to their developing characters, with the result that they are never called upon to deal with anything they don't like or understand, the change from school to world upsets and unbalances them to such an extent that they become permanently disgruntled and sigh for the Utopian conditions of their schooling. In Socialist propaganda they think they see their chance of the lost Utopia. Of course, he does not suggest that they do this consciously.
IWAS attending a funeral the other day. and followed the hearse through the streets of a London suburb. 1 could not help noticing how comparatively few men now raise their hats as the cortege passes. It may sound "Blimpish" to say so, but one could almost guess those who would do so, the older men and the more decent looking of the younger generation. It was not a case of poor against rich, for the poor raised their hats quite as often as the more prosperous, but, quite frankly, the nice versus the nasty. There seems to be no reason why our young discontented should take it out of the bourgeoisie in this case. One sometimes suspects that there is more sheer bad manners than healthy independ ence in their determination not to be " respectable."
It's an interesting version of the old view that a hard home and a hard school makes a competent and self-sufficient man who will make the best of circumstances instead of wishing for circumstances that will make the best of him.
Aodh de Blacam
MR. Aodh (or Hugh) de Blacam who this week is contributing his first signed article to the Catholic Herald—it is by no means the first of his writings which Catholic Herald readers have enjoyed—is one of those rare beings in Ireland, a convert. Journalist, poet, essayist, novelist, his reputation steadily increases, and he seems to suffer no harm from the ghosts of the ex-Protestant parsonage in the Co. Louth village where he lives. He has just sent me a most useful little book, A First Book of Irish Literature, in which he has collected a great deal of useful material about that great body, Irish writers throughout history. The book constitutes a memorial to the Irish achievement, in English and Irish, Protestant and Catholic. as well as a useful introduction to the subject.
It is published by the Educational Press at 3s. 6d.
A Striking Contrast
IWONDER what the Artists' International Association, who recently stated that the news collected lately " affords a striking contrast in the attitude towards culture of the rebels and the government " make of Miss M. La Trobe-Bateman's re cent letter to The Times. In it she describes how the Reds destroyed the church of Niebla, thus putting an end to the oldest church in Spain and destroying "one of the finest Arab ceilings in existence and one of the oldest organs in the world."
When the town was retaken, " the Blessed Army, as the people call it, marched to the church tower and, pealing the bells, Tang the people back to their homes, where they now live in a security they have not experienced for many years."
There is, indeed, a striking contrast!
Church and Car
IT is delightful to read that Fr. Altani, Director of the Florence Observatory, has invented an instrument which records the speed at which cars are travelling in such a way that both driver and police must agree on the evidence. At a titne when the speed of cars is always a matter of dispute this is truly beneficent work on the part of a priest-scientist, symbolising the mediating role in mundane disputes ever assumed and successfully practised by the Church. Remember what the Church has done for the car industry and the owner-driver when you are next involved in a Church and Science dispute.