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Cardiff Starts University

Catholic Society

Struggle Today Is

Intellectual-DR McGRATH

By Ii. J. EDWARDS

Cardiff University's Catholic Society was inaugurated last week by Mgr. McGrath, Archbishop of Cardiff. On Wednesday the premises at 61, Collin Road was officially opened and blessed. On Thursday morning there was an academic dialogue Mass. That evening the celebrations of the inauguration concluded with a crowded lecture in the Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff, given by the Lord Abbot of Ampleforth.

In congratulating staff and students at the opening of the premises of the new Catholic Society of the University, Archbishop McGrath said the occasion was one to which he had lookd forward for a number of years. The present times called loudly for such a studeet organisation.

" We have moved away from political parties, away from the capitalistic age. The struggle now is on the field of intellect. We are concerned whether men I trouble me, I find there is grandeur should follow abiding principles

of reason which lead to belief in God or should follow those who have declared themselves fundamentally opposed to God.

" Men of one side, however diverse, do agree on some matters. The denial of a common morality separates the Communists from them," said his Grace.

The Archbishop spoke of his researches in 1932 when he had to investigate the vice of Communism in his neighbourhood. A university officer whom he approached told him: "South Welshmen came here loving the Bible; they go from here spitting on it."

A REFUGE The Archbishop hoped that the students would use the " home " as a refuge so as to collect their thoughts and to steady themselves. As to practical advice he offered them the text " Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's."

Loud laughter greeted this sally as Caesar is the name of their Benedictine chaplain.

The Lord Abbot of Ampleforth, Rt. Rev. Byrne, O.S.B., said there was no doubt that Ampleforth had been inconvenienced by the loan of Father Leo Caesar to the Cardiff Society, but the matter justified it and because of the sacrifice he hoped students would value the Society at the cost of some personal inconvenience in order to make it vital.

That there is " a great scarcity of aporeciation of what is grand and noble in the world is one of the chief results of modern cynicism," was one of the main points made by the Abbot of Ampleforth at the inaugural lecture at the Temple of Peace on " The Universities and the Modern World," on Thursday evening.

TRADITION

The Archbishop of Cardiff, who was in the chair, introducing the Lord Abbot to the throng which. in spite of the heavy rain, had filled the Temple, reminded them of the particularly monastic tradi'ion of Wales, he begged them to learn of it from their Benedictine chaplain, for with it they could do a great work for their country.

In his lecture the Abbot of Ampleforth said: " I cannot prove that this world is beautiful. But •T must look at it patiently, humbly and reverentially, and though there remains much to perplex and and nobility in the world.

" MI first class men of science were humble reverent men. Composers--first class composers—also. It is true, too, of really great writers such as Vergil, Chaucer and Shakespeare."

It should be noticed said Abbot Byrne, that the number of independent scholars is fewer today than ever. The modem world collates its studies, which are no ornaments to, but an integral part of. mankind.

He particularly condemned the recklessness of certain scholars when they came to deal with matters outside their own field. Something was seriously wrong with their scholarship. It was not practical to know everything fairly well, but we must do our best to cultivate the same scholarly attitude which we apply in our own subjects to what we do not know.

Careful investigation would have stormed a certain scientist from making a howler about the tion. But both he and we tend to ask the wrong questions.

IS IT TLME?

Academic people are sometimes infected with the spirit of the unacademic world. And they ask such questions as : "Is it startling/ Is it popular?" They should ask themselves "Is it true?"

Mr. Hilary Armstrong, M.A., a lecturer at Cardiff University. in moving a vote of thanks to the Lord Abbot spoke of the revival of the English Benedictines through the Welsh Catholic exiles. Dom Sigmund Buckley, Blessed John Roberts, Trawsfynydd and Leander Jones. He recounted the memorable history of 1607 when but one member of the English community remained. But the continuity was maintained.

Mr. H. Miller, representing the students, spoke of the attempt of the Society. through its chaplain, to give a stanclerd of judgement competent to aid them in the modern world. especially in view of the lack of mental integrity. Forty members of St, Joseph's, Penarth, were brought in two coaches by Mrs. J. H. Smith, secretary of the St. Paul Aurelian Circle of Friends of Wales, and much to the surnrise of several of the students, the Temple was crowded. An organ recital by Mr. Desmnod McCarthy. B.A., of St. Mary's Canton, preceded the lecture.




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