" Outdoor Proceseions " may 1 offer it as my humble opinion that the writer has completely failed to realise what " scandal " means. Because Protestants and local pagans are apt to misunderstand or dislike what Catholics do to express their allegiance to their beliefs, it is no reason why such actions should be avoided. In this parish we had a most wonderful attendance at the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament on Corpus Christi Sunday and I was much touched and edified by the reverence and interest shown by all along the route. Perhaps your writer will remember another Outdoor Procession when those who objected to the singing of the children were told that " if these should hold their peace the very stones would cry out."--.1. C. S. LAW (The Rev.), The Mount. Connaught Road. Fleet.
The Answer to Three Problems
At present, Catholics appear to have three major problems to deal with: the Schools Question, the Communist Menace and the Conversion of England.
If we could concentrate on gaining converts during the next five or ten years we should have larger numbers to press our claims for schools and also to fight Communism.
By concentrating on gaining converts I mean an all-out effort by priests and specially-Irained laity to make personal approaches to some of the 85 per cent of our countrymen who practise no religion. -J. E. CONNOR, 39 St. Philip's Avenue, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton.
On behalf of POWAS, I wish through your columns to acknowledge with many thanks recent anonymous gifts of food and clothing as well as several donations and a weekly gift of 5s. from a good friend who asks us not to personally acknowledge it; also many kind persons in England, Eire and America who have adopted some of our cases. Without such generosity our work would come to a complete, instead of a partial, standstill.
We are warmly grateful to those good friends who have the insight and generous spirit to look beyond apparently improved conditions and realise the desperate plight of millions of individuals who have not benefited by the improvements -as in one case where a woman writes that she and her daughter have but one vest between them and that clothing coupons are only
allowed lo personswho have already sonic clothing but not to those who have nothing ! M. B. Foss, Hollies," Furzefield Road, East Grinstead.
The Limpness of Our People
Your correspondent, Constance Holt, goes very near the root of the problem in her remarks on the reasons for what she rightly terms the " limpness of our people in
publie life." Catholicism, as practised today. does not breed public servants. Under present circumstances it is difficult for the average ' Catholic to realise that he has principles and to know what they are. How can he carry his Faith into the world if he does not understand what he professes in church? Look at the Nonconformists. They are able to tram their layfolk because, in the first place, the members can and do take a very active part in their worship. That is why, as the Very Rev. J. J. Ingram R.D. pointed out to Manchester Catholic 'Social Guild some time ago: " Men from the chapel can be found in every town council and in Parliament." Every chapel is in a sense, a School of experience. THOS. E. C. PURV/S, 65 Approach Road, Raynes Park, London, S.W.20.
" Timeless " English
Mr. Evelyn Waugh (Month: July) thinks that the idiosyncratic "and besiege it they did," used by Mgr. Knox, may pass into "semi-jocular general use." " Throw her down they rlid" and " saddle it they did," quoted by Fr. Sebastian Bullough, make an equal bid for such popularity. but, to emulate another turn of timeless phrase, " Never a time that we shall come across them but we must be irritated . . and get used to them nerer."-Ex-ANcietcAN.
Churchill's Moral Judgments
When you talk of the Leader of Spain being " vilified for action which Mr. Churchill strongly cornmends as highly advantageous to this country! " you are not allowing for the Churchillian impishness. The vilification was surely spoken with his tongue in his cheek! His delight in the extreme acuteness with which General Franco accepted the help of the two bad men, Hitler and Mussolini, in Spain's hour of need, but contrived to elude paying the bill when it was sent in, is obvious.
Whether Churchill shares our view of General Franco as a great and good man, and a true statesman, is rriore doubtful.
What is not at all doubtful is that he has not, and never had, any illusions about Stalin. The man who had them, and who, by having them, undid much of the enormous benefit that the world owed to him, was Franklin Roosevelt, who was deplorably ready to trust the Russians. At meetings of the Big Three, Churchill was one against two, so it is unfair to hold him responsible for our present predicament.--Eserem Dow. Golders Green, N.W.11.
(Continued from preceding column) slovak " organisation by some Slovak Catholic students who, out of curiosity attended the foundation meeting at the premises of the Newman Association on July 4.
The League has no Slovak Catholic members, as the Slovak students and post-graduates are organised in the Federation of Slovak Catholic Students Abroad, with its seat in Paris, which has its branch-organisadons in all free European countries,
including Great Britain. In order to be able to pretend that it was a genuine Czech-Slovak organisation, authorised to speak also on behalf of the Slovak Catholic students, this
Catholic " League has among its members two or three Protestant Slovaks of "Czechoslovak " orientation.
Slovak National Council Abroad, 37 Redcliffe Gardens, London, S.W.10.
The City Churches
Some days ago a letter appeared in the Times from the Anglican Vicar of Bloomsbury, the Rev. W. G, Warwick, suggesting that one or two of the restored city churches should be given to the Catholics and the Nonconformists, wrote to him and received the following reply: " I aria an old R.A.F. chaplain, and I am impressed by the fact that much more of the City of London and its churches would have been destroyed but for the R.A.F. men, who included, of course, many Roman Catholics and Noncon
formists. It is to my mind scandalous that the C. of E. should seek to hang on to 36 churches, which they can't and never will fill, when other denominations need such centres in 'the City."
What arc we Catholics going to do about Mr. Warwick's charitable suggestion? He says he canaot help us without our co-operation. -DORIS Dailey, Sword of the Spirit, Wimbledon,
Does a Catholic bookshop have lobe such a dull, insipid and uninspiring place? All one can see is row upon row of pious tracts OD how to get the best out of his prayers, gloomy stacks of black missals, sombre biographies of unimportant oval-faced clerics, or tales of nauseating whimsy. No objective searcher would ever believe that the world of English novel-writing was liberally besprinkled with brilliant Catholic names like Marshall, Waugh, Mackenzie and Greene. He would, however, lind lots of stories about Nine-o'-clock Saints, and the doings of a character, as Samson Runyon would say, called Wopsy.
The searcher believes that Leonardo da Vinci was the last Catholic to pick up a brush, for there is nothing to tell him that even today Catholics, from Simon Elwes to Matisse, and from Eric Gill to Giles Scott in another medium, are names to conjure with in Art and Sculpture. As for music, Beethoven and Liszt might be John Snooks for any attention they get. And our own Edward Elgar has never been forgiven, apparently, for writing hymns for the Anglicans. Perhaps Elgar did not get much encouragement from his co-religionists.
Science is avoided like the plague. Mendel and Pasteur are treated like mad relatives whom it is best completely to ignore. And as for the works of non-Catholic authors, which arc likely to be of uee to the lay apostolute. well, that is asking too much altogether.-Witunm J. MULGREW, 436 Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield.
Perhaps it would help those who find the second collection during Holy Mass irreverent," to reflect that in opening their bags (it need not be done noisily, it's a good plan to have a coin ready beforehand) as well as their hearts to extract an alms for the many noble arid necessary good works enjoined by our pastors, they are performing a double act of virtue acceptable to God-Charity and Obedience-and thus even embellishing their thanksgiving after Holy Communion even if it does mean a momentary breaking-in on their private devotions.BEATRICE M. Boma, 233 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells.
Concentrating on the sale of one Catholic newspaper (it wouldn't be your own, would ii?) at the Sunday Masses we meet with some encouraging success. Shout the odds " on three or four different publications outside the Church door, and the folks walk right past the tot-pretty well.
Collecting plates. Inverse Proportion, Sir. The more plates, the less in each, winding up with next to nothing in the last.
Quite recently I attended Holy Mass in a church outside my parish. A plate "struck me in the eye " before I even entered the church. Two collections inside. with another plate bringing up the rear on my way out.
-101114 HENNESSY, 141 Lynton Road, W. Acton, W.3, Mosley Alone
You complain that Catholics are unlikely to obtain justice from either Labour or Tories, and since on this and other essential points concerning European civilisation the people of this country may be called to make important decisions likely to affect our lives for many a year, it should be known that on the question of schools Mosley alone guarantees our schools for us, because he believes that the spiritual side is essential to the health of the nation.-R. N. CLARK, Moor Crort, Lower Broadheath, Worcs.
Action Committee ?
Mr. Hyde says we must do something about Archbishop Beran and Czechoslovakia. Would it not be possible to have a Central Action Council, with one member from the Executive Committee of every Catholic organisation which acre (and that does not mean meeting for Ii chat every week!). This Central Council could direct operations in a really important issue, such as Human Rights, thus ensuring the most effective use of Catholic opinion. MARJORIE Busrr, 120 Abbotts Road, Cheam, Surrey.
Re Religious Vocations
Extern Sisters are devoted souls and indispensable helpers of cloistered contemplatives but they are not called to so rigid a life of penance, austerity and entire selfsacrifice, though they make it possible for others to follow such a vocation.
I think that many good women anxious to serve in this way (yet knowing very little about it and rather put off by the forbidding extenors of so many " town ' religious houses) must have eagerly welcorned the opportunities so practically presented in your vocation
column.-Paac-ricae READER. The Term " Anglican" As a convert from the Established Church I am surprised to learn from Mr. Mortimer that it was neither Lutheran nor Calvinistic. The only thing in my long experience of the Established Church its theologians arc agreed on is that their official teaching, the 39 Articles, owes everything to Luther and Calvin.-MARY V. WETFIERaLL, St. Martin's Piece, Beckington, near Frome, Somerset