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The real job of converting our fellow-countrymen to the Faith has yet to begin in anything that can be called a big way." and you call for " a thorough overhaul of the spirit and methods of our apostolate in this country."

Does this envisage anything more than an intensification of the present attitude and methods of " Catholic Action," viz.: (1) The pretence that for all practical purposes all " nonCatholics " in this country are " heathen," and therefore (2) the corollary of " individual conversion "?

Is there not a more excellent way, viz., the " reunion" and reintegration of the "Church of England " and the "Church of Rome"? There is a " Catholic " and " Papalist" movement in the C. of E., which suffers no small obloquy for its views. Twenty years ago Cardinal Mercier thought it worthwhile to sponsor the " Malines Conversations." And the late Archbishop William Temple three years ago wrote two letters to the Pope, to initiate some measure of cooperation, such as the late Cardinal Hinsley and the "Sword of the Spirit" seemed to contemplate. Has all this no bearing on the " conversion of England "?

W. H. H.

["Corporate Reunion" is considered by theologians to be impossible, since the Anglican Communion is not a separated part of the true Church, but it is arguable that closer and more constructive relation between the Catholic Church and the Anglicans would promote the submission of a greater number of Artglicans.—EotToa, CH],

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