Page 14, 21st May 1937

21st May 1937
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Page 14, 21st May 1937 — "A DAY WILL COME"

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25,000 Catholic Workers Celebrate Anniversary of Catholic Unions

Twenty-five thousand French workingmen met together in the vast commeicial hall of Lille on Ascension Day. They were the members of the Catholic trades unions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the unions and the 46th of Rerun? Novarum encyclical.

In reference to this great meeting, Cardinal Lienart, in an address to his clergy last week, described the meeting as one which breathed a profoundly Christian atmosphere, one in which the gratitude of the working world ascended towards Leo XIII, towards the Church and affirmed a moving spirit of fraternity and collaboration.

The Church's Job

" The Church," the Cardinal said, " in the name of morals has definitely taken its position. She has recalled that the happiness of society as of individuals depends on the virtues of justice and charity. Her task has been to organise trade and to rescue it from individualism. Strange thing! A handful of working-men was willing to listen to Leo XIII, Despite insults and sufferings of every kind they have put into practice those teachings. In the world of labour they have courageously planted social Catholicism."

Cardinal Lienart has been described by the Osservatore Romano as " noted for his solicitude towards the working classes and the loving study of labour questions."

He offered the assembled workers the thanks of the Church for their fidelity, a fidelity expressed not only in words but in deeds during 50 years of glorious history.

Leo XIII and Trade Unions The free trade unions were born of the encyclical Berton Novarum. They had believed and they had accomplished. They had laid the first stone of the edifice planned by Leo XIII. The Pope had seen the errors of Marxism. founded on materialism and the class-war and pro

nounced the Christian answer founded on the dignity of the human person, social justice and mutual charity. No one had been able to make them abandon the position they had taken up in response to this lead.

" A day will come." said the Cardinal. " when the whole world will understand what you have long understood, namely that among the members of the same association, the relationships cannot, if that association is to prosper, be dependent upon force and violence, but on a mutual, sincere and equal understanding, as is suitable for men and, still more, for Christians."

Enthusiastic acclamation greeted the Cardinal after he had imparted the Apostolic Benediction to the huge demonstration of Catholic Labour.

Cardinal Mercier's House in Paris

A marble plaque has been unveiled on the house in which Cardinal Mercier lived when he spent tame months in Paris in 1882 and studied at the University under the famous Charcot, Professor of Psychology. The house is No. 41, rue Notre Dame des Champs. Cardinal Baudrillart and a representative of Cardinal Verdier were present at the ceremony.

Cardinal Mercier, it will be remembered, does not live only for his heroic work during the war, but as one of the leaders of the revival of Thomist philosophy to which his own writings have contributed a distinguished part.

ORATORY Sonocie CRICKET. — Playing against Mr. N. Harris's Eleven, the Oratory School suffered defeat by 17 runs; the respective scores were: Mr. Harris's Eleven, 102; Oratory. 85. Top score for the Oratory was made by G. Moore (29); for the opposing team by G. M. Crossman (48).

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