AN AID TO PRIESTS
New translation of the Canon
FR. HOWELL, no mean authoray, sends me the following note about a new translation of the Canon of the Mass by Dom Placid Murray, 0.S.B., of Glenstall Abbey (obtainable from the " Furniw," Maynooth, for only dd.). He points out that the work has been done in the light of work by the best contemporary scholars, and goes on: " All priests who study this translation will find it a great help to their own devotion when celebrating Mass, for it brings out many shades of meaning which hitherto will have escaped them. In particular they will observe definite improvements in the translations of fidei cithores, the words of Consecration, gloriosa ascensio, and ex hoc aliens participatione. The whole rendering is full of dignity and beauty, and we may hope that it will be incorporated into any vernacular missals that publishers may see fit to produce in the future, or into revisions of the present published missals." A recent letter from South India informs that there is a demand there for Fr. Howell's " Compline in English " (with music) though lack of copies makes it hard to get this unofficial vernacular service into action.
Placing of books
v ACM year's new Whitakers -11-j lakes me to the entry " Books Published in G.B." in the last year of returns—in this case 1954. have picked up at random the 1950 edition in order to make some
comparisons. In each year new books on Religion and Theology stood fourth for numbers. Here are the figures: 1948: Fiction, 2.831; Children's Books, 1,497; Educational, 902; Religion, etc, 827. 1954: Fiction, 4,Z04; Children, 1,966; Educational, 1,680; Religion, etc., 961. Religion has clearly advanced a good deal more slowly than Fiction and Educational, which have leapt ahead together in a paradoxical partnership. In 1948 Art and Architecture came fifth with 535. Now it has fallen to ninth place with only 481. Medicine, Poetry and Drama, Technical Handbooks and Politics have moved up. On the whole, the placing of types of books hardly seems to reflect one's general view of the relative popularity of subjects in the public's mind.
A new Editor of 'Scripture'
nN various occasions I have
recommended the quarterly review of the Catholic Biblical Association, " Scripture," and so am glad to have the opportunity of saying that with the present January issue a new Editor takes over, Fr. T. Warden, of Upholland. Very rightly this issue begins with a tribute to Fr. Reginald Fuller. the founder-editor, who has kept the review alive and, in recent
years, prospering, despite the heavy burden of work in an important London parish. It was his labours which have made possible this second chapter. Fr. Wordcn, understand. feels that the time has Come to alter the policy somewhat. Instead of learned exegetical articles, mainly for the specialist (though so often of accidental interest to the layman), he will seek to further theological understanding of the Faith by underlining the link with Scripture, a link that is being ever more widely recognised these days. In other words, while the review will remain " serious," its articles will be addressed to a wider public, both clerical and lay. A policy like this should result in building up the review on the solid foundation which Fr. Fuller gave to it. How great the interest in Scripture really is was shown by the amazing success of "A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture." The review is now published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, who were responsible for that great work.
Plaques on houses
a permanent Catholic plaque on Catholic homes could be popelarised. It is, of course, an expensive business. I have seen a few on my travels, and it is always a pleasure to recognise the Christian dwelling as one passes on one's way. The one I illustrate was put up by Commander W. E. Wilson, R.N., on his house in Runcton, near Chichester. It is in Bath stone and carved by J. H. Piggins. The Commander decided to do this in commemoration of Our Lady's Year. It is illuminated at night.
Bishops from afar
BECENT episcopal appoint-I-1J ments underline a contemporary tendency whose extent has perhaps not been widely noticed, It is the appointment of Bishops who have never lived and worked in the dioceses they are called upon to rule. As far as I can make out, thumbing the available reference books. some 12 of our present Bishops rule sees to which they first came on their appointments. The exceptions to the new rule include Hexham and Newcastle, Liverpool, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury and Southwark. and some of these Bishops had, through the circumstances of their careers, little to do with their dioceses before they were chosen. I imagine that if one made a similar research 25 years back a different picture would emerge. The change seems to underline the general centralisation of Church administration and the weakening of diocesan autonomy with the older method of appointment by a choice of names submitted by the Chapter to the Holy See.
This Christian England
pRIZE-WINNING selection in The New Statesman's "This England," which purports to give the most outrageous views of the week, wag: " Are not those who agitate for the abolition of the death penalty confused over the material and the spiritual? When we hang a man we only kill his body; we cannot kill his soul.— Letter in Church Times." Christianity is fair game. Would it have seemed so funny if the insult was to coloured people's beliefs, to Jews, to Muslims?