Who Drew this Picture of Newman ?
THETHE Sower for April prints this of Cardinal Newman as its frontispiece. It is its first reproduction, and no one knows who thew it. It hangs in the presbytery of Fr. F. J. Bromfield at SL Mary's, Wednesbury, where Archbishop Keating once was Rector. The Oratory Fathers declare that it is a specially good likeness of the aged Cardinal. Have any of our readers any views about the artist?
A New Biography
kaTRIIING of Newman, I have just
" finished Robert Sencourt's new rife (which will be more seriously reviewed in our columns). The Deere Press is lucky to get it, and I am wondering why one of our Catholic Houses did not publish hand quickly. It i9 nearly three years out of date, as it was written for the centenary. But that does not matter. It remains much the most effectively written life of the Cardinal with a full emphasis on the Anglican period. Indeed I thought the Anglican part was much better done than the Catholic. It is the first attempt I have read to bring out the full personality of the Cardinal, and it has converted me to him. I had always been slightly repelled by something in the previous portraits and have never readily taken to his way of writing, with the exception of The Grammar of Assent. Now I feel different.
The Other Side A WRITER in La Croix .pays a ' tribute to Eduardo Cippico, the unfortunate priest who has been involved in the financial scandal in the Vatican. He quotes a Jew who says: "I know nothing about his faults. I only know about his goodness. In 1943-1944 when the fact of being a Jew was the worst of recommendations, the doors of his house were always open. He helped all the penniless and his mother cooked for all the hungry. . . . To-day everyone is
crying ' crucify him'! No one speaks in his defence. For my part, I do not judge, I remember. . . ."
Another Useful Sacrament A PRIEST has sent me the follow' ing howler written by a Polish boy in an examination which he corrected. " The Sacrament of Holy Order," the boy wrote, " is the sacrament which reminds us to keep things about God in Holy Order.' With the howler comes the priest's comment: " Not all priests have received this sacrament, I imagine!"
A Marxist Library DOUGLAS Hyde was telling me this week of one very unexpected reaction to his resignation from the Communist Party. A bookseller, reading in the popular Press of his large Marxist library, made a most generous offer for the books. Mr. Hyde had been wondering what to do with them, and was asking himself whether it was right that they should continue to subserve the interests of the " party." So he enquired cautiously about the ultimate buyer. " Oh, it's for the Americans who need more ammunition for their anti-Communist witch-hunt," he was told, But he really doesn't much like the sound of that either, Your Chance of the Papacy THE New York Herald Tribune, I see, has just run one of those favourite speculations on the identity of the successor of the present Holy Father, 'whom God preserve! It reminds us that " any male Catholic, including laymen, can be chosen Pope "-though I think little of the chances of any of my male readers, except one. The American paper, though it reports the possibility of the choice of an Italian nonCardinal, dwells on the chances of the American Cardinals. No mention is made of the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon who, so many think, would be a grand choice among the non-Italian Cardinals. But these matters are in much higher hands than newspaper correspondents!
UNDERSTAND that the CalBRIDGE production of Verdi's Falstaff has been quite an adventure. With a bit of luck, however, it should repay itself, for it will prove quite expensive to the opera-goer. Being the "Jotter," I have seen it for the first time without its costing me a penny. But one can't leave it there. To take it all in, you must go again and again. After the first effort 1 felt almost as exhausted as the singers and the orchestra. It's all so much of a piece, despite its complexity and richness, and so marvellously blended together that you ride, as it were, on the crest, and then feel the need to look a ,bit deeperonly it's too late. Stabile makes a grand booming Italian " Sir John," Bayan looks heavenly in pink and sings as heavenly, Stanley Pope nobly tackles Ford, notably when he tragically expresses his jealousy, and so on, not forgetting the back view of Signor Erede, who works himself up into fits as he controls the torrent of vitality, composed by an old gentleman of 80 !
A Book with Ten Chapters
IDLY meditating on useful books
that could be written, it has sometimes struck me that an excellent and timely work could be written on the plain Ten Commandments -with ten chapters, of course! I wasn't thinking so much of plain moral and doctrinal treatment as of the underlying importance of the principles and attitude behind each commandment in its reference to modern needs and modern illusions. Well, the book has now been written. Not by a Catholic, however, but by a Quaker. It is called Foundations of Civiatation by an American with the goodly name of D. Elton Trueblood (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 7s. 6d.). The writer is a little shaky on divorce and kindred subjects, but apart from that the work seems to be wholly recommendable to Catholics. The range is very wide and the language neat and apposite. I hope its message spreads far. It was never more needed.
Wise and Otherwise
" I think we are all mad."-W. Galiacher.