of " dogma " for the secular press was rather amusingly illustrated last week. The New Statesman writes: " We must accept the Vatican's assurance that a ' supernatural prudence often demands the unequivocal affirmation of a faith which cannot compromise with the timorous uncertainty of the world'," The Vatican's assurance ? Our readers .may find the words familiar. They appeared in a C AI HOLIC HERALD comment on the Pope's intention to define the dogma of the Assumption written by " A Special Correspondent," who in fact was an English Jesuit priest. It was originally quoted by the News Chronicle as the view of THE CAT HOLIC Heeners, the official organ of the Hierarchy in England! Now it has grown into " the Vatican's assurance." I can only hope that equally rapid promotion will not be accorded to the last sentence of the new Encyclical where a printing mistake in the extreme hurry of making as much of the Encyclical as possible available to readers in time caused us to make the Pope say: " Finally let them not think that the dissident and erring can happily be brought back to the bosom of the Church." The last minate " cut for space " excised the additional words: " if the whole truth found in the Church is not sincerely taught to all without corruption or diminution."
New Beaumont Rector A LL connected with Beaumont will ' learn with real regret that Father Desmond Boyle has been appointed Rector of the Jesuit Collegium Maximum at Heythrop and consequently ceases to be Rector of Beaumont where he has been Rector and, before that, Prefect of Studies, for some fifteen years, I suppose. I have always regretted the rather rapid changes in rectorships and staffs which are customary in the Society. Father Boyle has enjoyed an exceptionally long term of authority over the studies at Beaumont with very happy results both in the quality of the school and in its scholarship results. His successor is Father Sir Lewis Clifford, Bart., whose priestly life has been largely spent at Beaumont, where he was
educated. Continuity will thus be assured and Father Boyie's work carried on.
Another Collect cONTINU1NG to print the new English translation of some Sunday collects, let me note last week's "Almighty, everlasting God, grant us increase of faith, hope and
charity ; and tit us to obtain what thou dost promise by making us love what thou cornmandest." Here again the liturgical prayer eschews the too common approach to religion and morality as a series of "don'ts," and bids us pray to God that He may make us love His Will. If we first love, we shall have little difficulty in obeying. " Fac nos amare quod praecipis" says the same ; but it took the English to make me at least realise the force and beauty of the prayer.
HAVE received a copy of the handsome Official Guide to the Hierarchy Centenary Congress, flying the Papal colours and the Pallium badge on the front cover and a map of central and north-west London with the key spots marked on the hack. The Guide, in addition to the full programme, has many pictures of Cardinals and Prelates attending, and a number of articles, both his
torical and descriptive. It will prove a souvenir as well as a reference, and for two shillings it is very good value.
My picture is of a drawing which the Cardinal's Secretary, Mgr. Worlock, is anxious to see publicised so that the attention of all Catholics may be drawn to the importance of wearing the Congress badge and thus
displaying the PaIlium. It may be recalled that some weeks back we had a leading article in which the point was made that whatever claims, counter-claims and misunderstandings there might be about the position of Catholics and Anglicans in England, the Palliurn stood out incontrovertibly as the sign that the Catholic Hierarchy today was
integral with the Catholic Hierarchy beiore the Reformation.
Hot News for America nOUGI. AS Hyde, who spent the week-end in Amsterdam. where he was speaking to the Pax Romana, told me he observed a phenomenon which throws a not very reassuring light on American international leadership these days. Some American visitors were watching a procession in the street which a foreigner could not identify but might have been some kind of Dutch Rotarian function. The Americans discussed the possibilities, and finally decided it was a procession of those Socialists. Carrying on with their speculations, they identified a leader with a long white beard as that man Speak, the Foreign Minister, who " has been leading a revolution in these parts"! (Inc-cameras rapidly got to work to bring hack home exclusive pictures of so hat an event.
An Oxford Pundit As 1 grow older. I become more and more amazed and shocked by the dark areas of crass ignorance and stupidity which lurk in the minds of the most "educated " of our intellectual leaders and publicists. In the current Picture Post there is a very readable and debateable argument (with not very flattering pictures) between Fitzroy Maclean, M.P., and A. J. P. Taylor, the Left-minded Magdalen historian, on the right form of resistance to Communist aggression—readable and debatable until Taylor, in discussing what allies we should use, asks " What about the Vatican, though?" Maclean answers : "It certainly does represent a very strong anti Communist force.' And Taylor, believe it or not, retorts : "Don't you think that we ought to be careful in dealing with it, because in essence it is also opposed to our
Liberal principles ! It is totali tarian in thought." So much for
von Galen, Mindszenty, Beran, and the millions who look to the Vatican as the spiritual source of their faith in liberty against the tyrants. Incredible !
St. Jude to Airline Managers THIS is indeed, a long shot for St. Jude (who, by the way, does not always seem in his most gracious moods in this column), but there's nothing like trying. A sister with two brother priests, both African missionaries, writes to me to say how much her brothers would like to go to Rome on pilgrimage be fore setting out for the long missionary exile. No money is available, but " some airlines, I think, have given, or are giving, free tickets to the truly deserving." She has written without the knowledge of her brothers. Any communication with regard to this St. Jude appeal may be sent to me, and I will forward it.
More Magazines THE Catholic reviews pile on' which suggests one of the " wettest " jokes (as we refer to them in my family) I have ever perpetrated, since I intended to mention the Pylon, a quarterly published by the Holy Child nuns working in Nigeria and the Gold Coast. In the issue to hand Clare Boothe Luce has a moving article on Rome and her visit to the Catacombs from which she emerged full of confidence that the fires raging on both sides of the Iron Curtain would he fought down once again by the Church of Christ the King. Very different in flavour, though both of special interest to the Catholic reader, are Outlet, a magazine run by Catholics in Glasgow who aim to show the links beeween Scotland and the wider European culture; and the Catacomb, in a new series " Vol. 1, No. 1," of which the poet Roy Campbell is an editor. In the latter one notes an especially interesting article on Spain today by Kuehnelt-Leddhin, though I cannot stomach the remark, Madrid " with skyscrapers and a subway system. with crowds and a traffic making even London look quite provincial." That is plain balderdash, and it is a pity even to leave the reader with a latent fear that the rest of the article may be as exaggerated.
Questionnaire A SOMEWHAT mischievous A SOMEWHAT mischievous amusement of mine at the present time is to ask people whether they know either the colours or design of the U.N. flag under which we are all resisting Communist aggression. I regret to have to report that I have not yet met anyone who has the faintest idea of what the flag is. Whether I myself know or do not know is a point which I shall not reveal,