Mgr. John M. T. Barton, D.D., Lic. S i Script., Consultor of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and ex-officio examiner for the Papal degrees in Holy Scripture, and, since 1937, administrator of St. Catherine's parish and house of studies, West Drayton, was elected is Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (F.S.A.) at a meeting of the Society held at Burlington House on Thursday, February 10.
Mgr. Barton, who was 'already a member of the Society for Old Testament Study and of the Palestine Oriental Society, studied archaeology at the Ecole pratique d'etudes bibliques et d'archeologie franeaise, St. Etienne, Jerusalem, under the renowned French Dominican, Pere Elugues Vincent, 0.P., S.T.M., and was able to be present at many excavations of sites in Palestine and elsewhere.
Ile has written much on archaeological subjects, particularly in regard to theirbearing on comparative religion, as most recently in a long critical notice in the Clergy Review for December, 1943, of the American Professor W. F Albright's latest works, From the Sione Age to Christianity and Archaeology and the Religion of Israel.
Mgr. Barton has also recently accepted, with the approval of the Hierarchy, the post ol. director of studies for the newly established diploma in theology, open to teachers in Catholic schools. As such it is his office to draw up the syllabus, approve students for the courses. and select the tutors and examiners.