IRRELIGIOUS SYSTEMS USE RELIGIOUS ENTHUSIASM —SAYS FR. MURRAY
Communism may deny God but it evokes a spirit of religious crusading in its irreligious cause, said Fr. John Murray, S.J., in the second course of the evening discussion-lecture at the Breakespeare Club on Wednesday. January 25,
Father Murray introduced the general subject by outlining the special position which the human person holds in Christian thought.
The two errors, he insisted, which can be detected under modern attacks upon the traditional view of man. are those of Materialism and Determinism. The former denies the spiritual principle; the latter assumes that human activity is to be explained by heredity, environment, education, convention and the like.
Both refuse to allow that the individual has a purpose in existence which is more fundamental than any social or civic relation; both deny the individual rights and responsibilities which man must enjoy and shoulder in order that this purpose be achieved.
Rut the modern materialism has stolen some of the spiritual thunder and enthusiasm of religion. Communism may deny God but it has evoked a spirit of religious crusading in its irrehgious cause. Nazi-ism still retains the name of God, but it is applied to a principle immanent in race or nation, to which the individual is subordinated; it, too, tries to summon up the enthusiasm and devotion proper to the service of the true God.
Even the more harmless growth of State-control, necessary perhaps as a method, may end by denying man's personality: it is too often based on the idea that all that matters is man's existence as a social and economic unit In a larger association. The purpose of the new series is to study the Christian attitude to certain vital modern problems under such heads as: Family, Justice, State, Race.
Mr 3. J. Dwyer was in the chair for Fr, Murray's lecture.
CATHOLIC PRINTING FOR FAIR PRINTERS The Council of the Printers' Guild of St. John have fired the first shot in their campaign to end the unfairness of Catholics patronising printing houses where fair wages and labour conditions do not operate by issuing the following Ordinance: If any member of the Guild has reason to believe that printing intended for the use of Catholic Institutions is being entrusted to printing houses, whose practice in respect of wages and 'working conditions fall below the standards set by the recognised agreements, he shall send the fullest possible in-formation thereof to the Council; and the Council shall take such. action thereupon as it may deem appropriate.
On the other hand, the Guild are prepared to assist Catholic buyers of "print " by advising them where fair conditions operate.
Lk _LEEN BRANCHES AND THREE DISTRICT COUNCILS IN TWO YEARS By inaugurating the Westminster Archdiocesan Council on Sunday, January 29, the C.Y.M.S. has consolidated its position in the Metropolis.
Within a period of a little over two years fifteen branches and three district councils have been set up.
Fr. F. Holland, 0.S.C., has been appointed Archffiocesan Chaplain by the Cardinal. He has known the C.Y.1VI.S. from boyhood, and formed the first branch in London at St. Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, In December, 1936.
For many years, Mr Charles Quinn, the new president, was general secretary at Liverpool. The vice-president is Mr F. McDonald, of Our Lady of Willesden; the treasurer, Mr J. E. Salt, of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eden Grove; and the secretary, Mr Ralph Manners.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING— COMMITTEE ELECTED
The annual general meeting of the Society of St. John Chrysostom was held at the Breakespeare Club on Friday, January 27, at which Mgr. Edward Myers, Bishop Auxilliary of Westminster, presided.
An address was given by the Rev. C, de Clercq, Doctor in Oriental Science and in Science Historigues of Rome and Louvain respectively, on "The Catholic Eastern Churches." Father de Clercq has recently been appointed a collaborator of the Commission for the codification of the Eastern Canon Law, 'The following were elected members of the Committee : Father Cyprian Rice, 0.P., Father Maurice Bevenot, S.J., Lord Clonmore, and Dr. Alberta Likker.
Civil Service Guild
RECEPTION BY BISHOP MATHEWAT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting Will take place in Westminster Cathedral hall on Wednesday, February 15, at 6. Mgr. David Mathew, Bishop of Aelia and Auxiliary to Westminster, will hold an informal reception of members at 5.45.
Afterwards there will be a whist drive which, it is hoped, will be an even greater success than the one held in December, at which the attendance was 1.00.
For the first time in the history of the Guild there will be a Retreat for the men. It will be held at Virgo Fidelia Convent, 2, Moreton Gardens, Old Brompton Road, S.W.5, by kind permission of the Reverend Mother, and will commence at 3 o'clock on Saturday. March 18, closing about 7 on Sunday, March 19.
The Annual Retreat for women members (and their friends) will take place at the Cenacle Convent, Hampstead, on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, and will be given by Fr. Vincent McNabb, O.P.
PARIS BOURSE HAS SECTION OF CATHOLIC ACTION
The series of public lectures at West-, cliff was continued by Miss Barbara Ward, who held the interest of her audience on Some Aspects of the Catholic Social Movement in France."
Catholics in France, she said, had their own Trade Unions. It was here, too, that a group of Catholic employers originated the family allowance idea. Nowhere has there been the same kind of development in Catholic Action as in France. There is a section of Catholic Action on the Bourse. One of the biggest societies is the Jocists, which started in Belgium in 1924 and was transplanted to France by four young workers in 1926.
To-day the membership is over 100,000. To-day the Church in France enjoys a prestige which would have been Incredible twenty years ago.
A lively discussion followed.
The next lecture in the series is on Friday, February 10, when Fr. Bernard McElligott, 0.S.B., win speak on " The Liturgy and Catholic Social Action."
Catenians, Wandsworth and Putney
ANNUAL DINNER AND DANCE
The Wandsworth and Putney Catenians (Circle No. 101) held their annual dinner and dance at the Ardington Rooms, Clapham Junction on January 26. The chair was occupied by the President, Bro. L. P. Knight.
The guests included Commander Bower, M.P., who responded to the toast of "Our Guests." The attendance reached the record figure of 120.
Stage Guild Ball
Lady Illingvvorth is tending 44, Grosvenor Square for the reception which precedes the Catholic Stage Guild Ball on February 13.
The ball takes place at Grosvenor House.