Jesuits in the 'House'
Molina, Lessius, and Lugo
IT used to be the fashion in the House of Commons to ornament speeches with many quotations from the classics. It would be a pleasant and salutary thing if M.P.'s, when discussing social and moral questions, looked to the great Christian theologians for guidance and the succinct expression of practical reason on the topic in debate. Anyway, Mr. David Price, a week or two alio, initiated, let us hope, a new fashion in the course of the debate on just compensation for compulsory purchase of private property. By way of linking with the past. his first quotation was from Marcus Aurelius who said: " Do not act as if thou wert going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over thee. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good "—a hint to the Government. Then. with exclusive concentration of the great 16th and 17th century Jesuit theologians —perhaps he was briefed by Farm Street—Motina. the Dutch Lessius, and Cardinal de Lugo (none of these, by the way. are given a notice in the "Encyclopiedia Britannica"); he gave the House three quotations from the first and one each from the others. Lessitis said that the just price was the price at which goods "would he valued at a public valuation if they were openly displayed in the market place with the whole town corning together at the voice of the town crier". This would seem to be a splendid idea for lowering the price of cigarettes and other goods artificially kept up by price-rings. Towards the end, Mr. Price did something to adjust the scholastic balance by quoting from Aquinas. Perhaps the problems of the Common Market and the Free Trade Area could be solved if the statesmen of Europe followed Mr. Price's excellent example.
Aquinas and Acquapendente
KENELM FOSTER, 0.P.,
I writes: "Jotter finds it puzzling that anyone should call the little town of Acquapendente 'famous', and certainly the adjective is rather odd, but the place has this interest, for us Dominicans at least, that it was in its neighbourhood that young Thomas Aquinas. after joining the Order. was kidnapped by his brother, or brothers, and thence that he was carried off to one of the castles of the d'Aquino family to be kept in prison until such time as he should renounce his vocation and discard the black and white habit, which, of course, he could not be made to do. But. as 1 say, it was close to Acquapcndente — 'HangingWater'—that the ambush occurred. St. Thomas's brothers were serving under the Emperor Frederick II whose army was camped thereabouts. This took place, probably, in May. 1244."
Moral. of Port Lyautey AREADER, returned from Morocco, tells me that he found the CATHOLIC HERALD on sale at the Cathedral of Port Lyautey. "What it was doing there I do not know, since the congregation was French." The only explanation he can offer is that Mass there was very "community" and the "C.H." would like all churches to be very "community". Sadly, he comments: "Where are your many readers, enthusiastic for reforms of all kinds? I regret to say I have only met with hostility, or conservatism, or complete indifference." But if 50,000 were enthusiastic, they would still be surrounded by three or four million who "couldn't care less".
AS an over-two-year veteran scooterist, I viewed with some dismay the masses of scooters at the recent Earls Court Show. It seems clear that the traffic problem in large cities will bring us nearer and nearer to Italian standards in this matter, though our weather, I imagine, will always remain something of a deterrent to the less adventurous. Only last Sunday, however, I followed with delight an old gentleman with white hair and beard who was riding a moped to church. From such shows one comes away loaded with fascinating literature describing all the advantages of scooters which one's own apparently is without— especially the ability to do about 130 miles per gallon, whereas my belief is that the lightest true scooter only does about 80, which isn't so bad. Among the literature was a three-language magazine called "Lambretta" which sells for 100 lire. I reproduce from it the delightful picture of Fr. Dino Finazzi setting off with his friend for a missionary tour in Mozambique. I like to think that the pennies of the A.P.F. can turn into apostolic scooters.
Widows — Specially For You
FRANCES ASH tells me that the CA1H0LIC HERAI.D has broken a record. It has been responsible for the inauguration of a new society in this land—the British branch of the French and Belgian Association Spirituelle des Veuves, the Spiritual Association of Widows. This should more accurately read that Frances Ash, through her column, has brought this about. Not only that, but Mme. Marguerite Dutrieux of the Belgian Association came over to explain to the inaugural meeting of 14 women the aims and the work of the association in Europe. They are, in fact, to bring spiritual comfort through friendship and prayer and to give practical help wherever possible. I have no doubt that this initiative will be of wide interest, and those who want to know more about it should write to the Hon. Secretary, Crofton Lodge, Avenue Road, London, S.E.25. I understand that Canon Fitzgerald will bless the new association and speak on Saturday, December 13, at the Convent of the Helpers of the Holy Souls, Holyrood House, I Gloucester Place, N.W.1. One feels that concrete results like these are the best blessing to the work the paper seeks to do. Wouldn't it be exciting if by 1960 the 14 pioneers had grown to 14,000!