Need for Simplification
SIR,--" Laicus Indoctus" has hit the nail on the head. The language of Encyclicals (the very word a mouthful, like Mesopotamia of blessed memory) is far above the heads of our people. What are they to glean from the Latinistic jargon about " A pseudo-ideal of justice, of equality and fraternity in labour" which " impregnates" the "doctrine and activity" of Communism? Even the C.T.S. Summary would be susceptible of amelioration and simplification! I was told last week of a Welsh Anglican curate who said to his school-children " Now I am going to tell you a story which even the smallest of you will understand. A friend of mine at the University, just before terminating his Responsions . . ."!
When the Encyclical on Modernism was thus administered in slices to a rural congregation in Lancashire, a burly farmer whispered to the door-keeper, Joe, is there any more o' joint left for to-daay "?
The Difficulties _
SIR,—" Laicus Indoctus," who could not follow the reading of the Pope's Encyclical on Communism, will remedy his lack of knowledge by purchasing the C.T.S. full text (2d.) or summary (Id.) on sale at church doors. The layman competent to read from the pulpit, not too shy to do so, and also willing to attend at some or all the masses must be a rarity indeed! Our Parish Priest read part of the encyclical at four masses, spoke at two other services, attended a meeting and stood talking to people at the church doors after six services. Is it not a wonder he has any voice left? Only those behind the scenes and intimately connected with parish organisation know the difficulties faced by our priests. Did the average Catholic realise this there would, I feel, be far less criticism.
L. A. N.
" Simple Summary"
SIR,—In view of criticisms that encyclicals are badly read from the pulpit and the wording is heavy and formal. I recommend a pamphlet by the Rev. J. H. Howard, M.A., Pius X1 on Communism, which is described as being " a simple summary of the encyclical Divini Redemptoris."
I have already disseminated many copies of the pamphlet amongst my friends of all classes, and one—a Methodist—said he wished he could place a copy in the hands of all his co-religionists so that they might have definite principles to withstand the attacks being made upon God and His Christ. The pamphlet may be had from the Catholic Truth Seciety, twelve copies for 10d.
CYRIL CLANCY. Rosslyn, Gorsedd, Holywell, North Wales.
WHAT DOES IRELAND REALLY WANT?
SIR,—Nearly every Englishman, including Catholics, is still absolutely at a loss to know what Irishmen really want and we would be truly grateful if someone would enlighten our dull minds on the point.
If it is complete national independence, what is there to prevent their declaration of an Irish Republic? But apparently, according to Mr. Aodh de Blacam, this would not satisfy them. He and others of his views seem to think that the British Government ought to send their Navy, Army and Air Force to compel Northern Ireland to submit to Mr. De Valera's Government. Or does he wish our Government simply to do what they are doing with Spain—hold the ring while North and South do what is being done in Spain? Southern Irishmen say a great deal as to their wish to be friendly with England, but it requires much Christian fortitude to be friendly with those who are persistently rude to you. Could there possibly be a more flagrant example of ill-manners than the absence from the Coronation of representatives of the Irish Free State? Even States who are utterly opposed to the British Government have the courtesy to be represented on this important occasion.
In the same issue of your paper your Dublin Correspondent uses an expression which shows how difficult it is for English
men to understand Irishmen. He says, "Is there no unemployment in England now, that you are taking so much of our manhood from us." So that is the latest grievance! Wicked England is to be condemned for allowing Irishmen to land in England.
F. D. CHAMBERS.
Hob Hall, Winksworth, Derby.
ANNOUNCING THE MASS
SIR,—On Sunday last it was announced here in the notices that on Coronation Day a special Mass would be celebrated by order of the Bishop. No mention was made as to whether the Mass would be of the day or not. 1 happened to know the M.C. at a neighbouring church and learned that at his church the Mass would be of the Holy Spirit and marked my missal accordingly. You can imagine my surprise when at my own parish some other Mass was said of which I as well as many others
were oblivious. My point is, would it be possible for the clergy, when Masses are not of the day, as often occurs. it could be announced publicly what they arc to be or by the fact being posted on the notice board inside the church.
C. W. SANDER.
30, Howard Road, Waltharastow, E.17.