Catholic Needlework Guild
Bishop Congratulates Guild on Growth
The fifty-second annual meeting of the Clifton Division of the Catholic Needlework Guild took place in St. Catharine's Hall, Clitton, on November 17. The Bishop of Clifton presided. Lady Arundel] of Wardour, President of the Guild, was also present,
The Diocesan Secretary reported an increase in the number of garments sent by the parishes for distribution among the poor of the diocese, and the opening of a branch of the Guild at Wells His Lordship said how pleased they Were that Lady Arundel] of Wardour, despite the bad weather, was with them that day. It was a further proof of her interest in the Guild.
The Bishop congratulated the Secretary on her excellent report, and said that it was a great satisfaction to know more articles of clothing and money were received this past year than in many previous years.
University Catholic Society
Letter of Protest Against Persecution of Jews
The University of London Catholic Society has sent to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. the following letter of protest against the Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany :
" At a meeting of the committee of the University of London Catholic Society representing the Catholic students of the University of London, on November 15, 1938, the committee expressed its deep horror and regret at the severe measures lately inaugurated by the German Government against the Jewish citizens of the Reich. The committee wishes to associate itself in any protest that may he made by the University of London in regard to this matter."
Simmarian College Club
Annual Dinner and Dance
For the second year in succession, the London Simmarian College Club was honoured by the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Hinsley at their annual dinner, held at St. Ermin's Restaurant, on November 19.
His Eminence proposed the toast of " St. Mary's College, and the College Club," and the Principal, Fr. V. McCarthy, C.M., responding, thanked His Eminence for the encouragement and practical support that he is ever ready to give to the cause of Catholic education. Fr. McCarthy also paid tribute to the splendid work of Fr. J. Leonard, C.M., who has retired after 24 years as a professor at St. Mary's.
Mr. DuIaray, the High Commissioner for Eire, making his first appearance among Simmarians, replied to the toast of " The Guests " in a most amusing speech.
Other speakers were the president of the club. Mr. Ray Howard, the hon. secretary, Mr. P. F. Tunstill, and Mr. A. J. Gallagher.
St. Thomas Aquinas was a Rebel At the November meeting of the Aquinas Society, Fr. Gervase Mathew, 0.P., lecturing on " The Thomist Revolution in Theology," recalled a statue of St. Thomas with which he had spent some months of his youth—a portly figure wearing the Master's biretta and having on its shoulder an inattentive dove.
This represented only too well the impression many of us had of St. Thomas. The figure of the real Aquinas, thinking. lecturing, writing at high pressure, synthetising the movements of his times into the conception of theology as a speculative science, often isolated, always attacked and young, appeared to us only after we had penetrated a formidable and misleading façade.
Thomism, he said, was a revolution in theology. It first applied to sacred doctrine the conception of a speculative science in the aristotelian sense of that term.
Donald Attwater on Liturgy
Donald Attwater read to the last meeting of the Circle a paper on the Liturgy, remarkable both for construction and matter, and voted by those present to be the best heard by them for the last four years.
After defining liturgy as worship and prayer, " the response of the created to the Creator," he showed the growing tendency even among Catholics, to individualism, and the need of taking part in corporate worship, without which man is cut off from the Mystical Body of Christ.
He also sketched the growth and development of liturgy till the Council of Trent, and emphasised the use in Sacraments and Sacramentals of such primitive, fundamental things as bread, wine and water.
The Breakespeare Club
Modern Entertainments and Propaganda The fifth session of the Autumn Conference on " Revolutionary Forces in England Today " was held at the Breakspeare Club on Thursday, November 3, The speaker was Mr. Reginald Garland, of the Catholic Stage Guild, and the subject of his address was " The Tendency of Modern Entertainment."
In the course of his survey of the modern stage, cinema and wireless, Mr. Garland said that Pope Pius X1 had stated that the essential purpose of Art was to assist in the perfection of the moral personality, which is man, and for this reason it must itself be moral.
Many of the plays of today were good; but there were those whose object was to revolutionise the essential purpose of Art and use it for their own subversive ends.
In Russia, dramatic art is used extensively as propaganda in the education of the young. All the new notions of human conduct that are in one way or another incompatible with Christianity are being impressed upon people's minds by this most expressive art.
Good Plays Can Be Good Fun
Movements like the Legion of Decency have done much to negative the evil, but that is not enough. Positive action is necessary. If dramatic art is to fulfil its essential purpose there is a stupendous task before Catholic writers and producers of plays and film scenarios. A start has been made by the Catholic Drama League and the Catholic Film Society in this country and by kindred movements in America and elsewhere.
Plays written from a Catholic standpoint, when good works of art, and well acted, could draw large audiences even of non-Catholics, as was shown by the success of the " First Legion."
Afterwards there was an interesting discussion.
"Verbal poison gas is being used to pollute the atmosphere ot Scotland; lies about the Catholic Church are accepted without question or enquiry. The Catholic Truth Society is the decontamination squad which supplies the only antidote—truth."
Thus spoke Fr. Frederick Pirrie, Rector of St. Mary's, Paisley, to a meeting of 2,500 people in Glasgow last Sunday, C.T.S. Sunday in the Archdiocese.
Other speakers were Mr_ Patrick M'Glynn, D.Litt.. President of the Don Bosco Guild of Catholic Teachers, and Lecturer in Classics at Glasgow University; Fr. Tait, S.C., Oxford, who spoke of the film Don Bosco. which was screened during the meeting.
" The war crisis of two months ago is a thing of the past," continued Fr. Pirrie, " but we Catholics are facing a graver crisis, a spiritual crisis, which in its complete intensity will dwarf the Reformation. A vast tide of infidelity is threatening to flood the country. The reformers did believe in God; our new foes do not. They are pro-Satan and anti-God. " A Catholic in the modern world, ignorant of the doctrines of the Church, is like an unarmed soldier on a battlefield. The C.T.S. can supply him with armour at tw.opence a piece; a complete suit which will last a lifetime for £5.
" Arm with the armour of truth and our enemies will be scattered."