The Cardinal Meets Mgr. 'Vernon Johnson
I WAS very happy to have had the Opportunity of a few words with His Eminence Cardinal Griffin at the reception given last Thursday at the Challonor Club for Mgr. Venon Johnson. His Eminence's presence was not expected, since it is known that the Cardinal, busied with diocesan labours, is obliged for the present to cut down all inevitably fatiguing public engagements. The Cardinal, however, told me that he could not have missed the reception for so old and close a friend—a friendship indeed based on a common devotion to Ste. Therese. I found His Eminence his usual cheerful and most welcoming self and in quite excellent spirits. His recovery has certainly been remarkable. His appearance gave great extra pleasure to a delightful and crowded occasion clearly most deeply appreciated by Mgr. Vernon Johnson himself. Faces noted, as journalists like to put it. included Archbishop Myers and Bishop Craven. Mgr. Worlock, Sir Harold Hood. Father D'Arcy, Father Gordon Wheeler, Miss Rosemary Sheed and Mr. Toni Burns,
Bishop Heenan's Start
BISHOP HEENAN. whose Advent
pastoral on the Catholic press is a special pleasure to us in Fleet Street. still knowS‘the trick of punctuating an episcopal speech with homely stories. Talking recently to the boys of St. Michael's, Leeds, he urged :hem to become Catholic Evidence Guild speakers. To encourage them, he related how he himself had been younger than some of them when a heckler in Hyde Park congratulated him on a "magnificent speech." The delighted blushes of the future bishop were turned into more normal ones when the heckler added: " I suppose it was written for you by your dad." My reporter from Leeds fails to add whether Bishop Heenan informed the boys whether the heckler was right or not.
From Temuka, N.Z.
AN various occasions. I have drawn attention to booklets commemorative of important parochial anniversaries, and suggested how valuable such parish histories were for those who like to get a first-hand idea of the regrowth of the Faith in these islands. And now I am not less excited to receive from New Zealand a handiome, well-illustrated, 100-page brochuie published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the parish of Temuka, South Canterbury, New Zealand--especially as it is accompanied by one of those charmingly courteous letters to the paper one sometimes receives from overseas appreciating " your wonderful work I send you these tiny lines from afar." Considering how often we have had centenary parochial anniversaries in this country, it is surprising to have a 75th from Temuka, but as the historical introduction in the brochure points out, the early mission work in New Zealand took place just after Catholic Emancipation here, and consequently in one sense we had an equal start. Indeed, that mission work started in true Catholic fashion with French Marists ministering to the Irish in English lands. Father Cahill, S.M., the present P.P. of Temuka. maintains the Marist tradition begun well over a century ago.
The London Angle
THE Times, according a strong headline to the Pope's recent allocution on Proofs of the Existence of God from Science, delightfully placed this headline "Existence of God" straight under its standing heading " Imperial and Foreign."
About Certain Articles
HAVING, some months ago, given " up reading the more sensational weekly illustrateds, my attention was drawn, oddly enough, by the Church Times to an Anglican Bishop's denunciation of a series of "sex-education" discussions that has been running in Picture Post. It seems clear from enquiries which I have made that this was an utterly unsuitable feature in a weekly which has come to be taken as a " family paper." It seems to me that papers acquire a certain character, and, having acquired it, they then have the responsibility of living up to it, unless they give due warning of a change of policy. All this is a matter of faith between themselves and the readers they have acquired. There can be no doubt whatever that enormous harm, much of it perhaps permanent. can be done by leaving in the hands of adolescents. and even older people sometimes, the kind of pseudo-scientific — and consequently absolutely open and plain spoken and detailed — article about sex education and behavioar. Even should it happen to he serious, nine people out of ten read it for a reason that militates directly against its supposed purpose. I.et those who want that sort of stuff dig it out for themselves in the appropriate shops; what is intolerable and really evil is thrusting it on all and sundry by making it a feature of the kind of paper which people have come to regard as suitable home literature and entertainment—or at any rate as remaining within pretty broad-minded bounds.
I'm afraid that the answers I have received to my question about the beat kind of pictures for a paper like this one have not thrown a great deal of light on the problem. Masterpieces of the photographic art have proved the most popular choice, but homely snaps and even reproductions of the prayer book " holy picture " have had their supporters. No one mentions news pictures, perhaps because these were taken for granted. Naturally when these are really good or important, they must have the first priority. We are, after all, a newspaper. The real question is what is the best substitute For large front page reproduction when no really good or important news picture is available?
AND talking about pictures. it may have been guessed by some that the lady poodle in the snap I reproduced some weeks ago is my own. I mention it again, because the Harvill Press, responsible for the publication of a number of first-rate Catholic books, have just brought out two wonderfully illustrated books on the poodle. The Book of,the Poodle by r. H. Tracey (30s.) and The Flying Poodle by W. Suschitzky and Roland Collins (1.0s. 6d.). The standard or full-size poodle has rather gone out of fashion, no doubt because of its size, though larger dogs are still popular enough, e.g. Alsatians. Still I would never recommend anyone in a flat or small house to buy a large dog. It's not fair on owner or dog. But the toy dog and miniature poodles are extremely fashionable, even if perhaps they are without the wonderful qualities of "speaking without words" which marks the standard. I fully endorse the sentence in The Book of the Poodle "I hold it to be an unalterable truth that a man cannot possibly know anything about women until he has owned a girl poodle." Anyhow, these two books. the one a standard work about all anyone needs to know about the poodle, and the other the story of a certain London poodle. with magnificent pictures, are strongly recommended to poodle lovers.
Getting the Habit
PREPARATORY Schoolboy, taken out by his parents for lunch during his first term: " The salt they give you here is much better than we get at school."
Out of the Mouths . . .
PROM quite a different source A comes this piece of wisdom from a small girl's letter home: " On Monday we had a lantern lecture on Japan. The man was terribly funny and he said that if a Japanese gave a short bow, it was the equivalent to thumbing his nose. He also said that when a Japanese soldier does something wrong or gets captured. he commits had kari (falls on his sword on purpose). ei An English Gen eral, when he does çOrli something wrong,
he writes a book end blames it on someone else."