Page 1, 22nd November 1957

22nd November 1957
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Page 1, 22nd November 1957 — 'INDECENT CALUMNY'

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Portuguese Jesuits reply to 'New Statesman' "AN indecent calumny," is the cosnment of the Portuguese Jesuit, Fr. Antonio Freire, of Soutelo. Braga. to Paul Johnson's charge in a recent issue of the Nee, State5nwn, that the Portuguese Jesuits own a controlling interest in the hydro-electric industry of their country.

THE CATHOLIC HERALD reproduced Johnson's remarks in our issue of November 8, with suitable comments of our own.

Now Fr. Freire points out that his brethren in Portugal have, indeed, no large resources from limes past.

" Rather the reverse. Nothing was recoveted of the colleges. houses or libraries lost at their expulsion in 1910, and since the signing of a Concordat with the Holy See by the present Government (in which Concordat no compensation was made to them) ' nothing can now be recovered at all.

, The Fathers, who have to support foreign missions in the overseas territories of Mozambique and Macao, as well as their works in Portugal, depend for their livelihood on the alms of the faithful and what their own ministry can bring them.

" The amount they have invested in the hydro-electric enterprise of their country, for the purpose of fleeting the current expense of educating their students, amounts to less finn one thousandth part of one per cent. of the capital of that industry."

State Visit

On Sunday the Holy Father is due to receive doctors in special audience and will speak on the problems of students of anaesthaesia; on Wednesday next week he will receive the President of the German Federal Republic. Dr. Theodore Heuss—the first time a German Head of State has been received in audience since 1893.

A denial

Reports appearing in the national papers that Lieut.-Colonel John Ramsey Fairfax, who has been stationed in Singapore. is to enter the Carmelite Order at Aylesford. Kent, are denied by the I-r. Prior. Colonel Fairfax has

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