Page 6, 27th May 1938

27th May 1938
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Page 6, 27th May 1938 — THE MONTREAL CONGRESS SIR,—Whik Mgr. Canon Jackman is exact when
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THE MONTREAL CONGRESS SIR,—Whik Mgr. Canon Jackman is exact when

he says that "Archbishop Bourne's speech . . . gave great offence" —and that not only to French-Canadians but to many others who realised the machinations which inspired sit—I think that the reply made by Monsieur Bourassa was " outraged" rather than outrageous. He knew full well that his Ordinary would approve, and I was told at the time that Archbishop Langevin, the wounded lion of the West," gave him the signal to speak! Cardinal Bourne had in fact made a beautiful speech in French a day or two before at the Oblate Scholarticate in Ottawa. He was regarded by FrenchCanadians as the beau ideal of a great ecclesiastic—"Saxonly sagacious and Normanly refined "—and they were thunderstruck by the plea which he presented. They knew he had been unwittingly misled and Bourassa, a magnificent orator, voiced the feelings of their outraged hearts.

His Eminence, both brave and simple as Mgr. Jackman says, told me long "years after that he had tried to correct a false inference from his plea by an article in, 1 think, the Catholic Who's Who. Unfortunately the harm had been done, and no article could undo it. Those of us who know French Canada with its glorious history and its great promise for the future, hope that no great ecclesiastic, English or English-speaking, will ever suggest that it should throw itself into a melting-pot. It has given generous aid to Catholics of other nationalities—especially to the Irish emigrants for whom it sacrificed many lives. It gave me my Catholic education, and was kindness itself to A GRATEFUL WELSHMAN




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