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Everything To Be Said For Them

was most surprised to read in DIE CATHOLIC HERALD that several "eminent undergraduates " were not in agreement with "Jotter " in his praise of the Hostel in Hampstead in the previous issue.

My own experience as an undergraduate at Manchester, where I served on the committee of the Catholic Society, led me to the conclusion that the students from the two Catholic Hostels made the greatest contributinns both spiritually and otherwise to the life of the Catholic Society. Although I was not fortunate enough to be a resident at St. Augustine's, the obvious advantages of living in such a hostel seem to be so apparent that one would have to be mentally blind

to be unappreciative of the many

intellectual, psychological and

spiritual benefits that must surely be obtained from a Catholic Hall

of Residence.

Since graduation I have visited both the Manchester and Hampstead Hostels, which provide accommodation for less than one fortieth of the Catholic students at the two Universities and. like your correspondent, I WaS extremely impressed by the facilities offered to the fortunate residents.

It seems to me that the six "angry young men" of Oxford would be rendering greater assistance to the Catholic Student body by concentrating their efforts on the large majority of students who arc compelled to spend their leisure moments in the company of a T.V.-watching landlady, rather than to protest when a little praise and encouragement is given to an organisation which appears to be providing something that generations of University students have been seeking for so long.

London, W.2.

was rather surprised both at the criticism and arguments brought forward in one of your columns concerning the Opus Dei hostel at Hampstead and as relation to Catholic life in the university.

Speaking as an Anglican who has become a regular visitor to the hostel and has even stayed there for a period. I have been tinpressed both by the absence of any narrow prejudices or insularity amongst those living there, and also by the very positive contributions that many of them have made in all branches of University life.

It would seem that a hostel such as this could have a marked influence on University life, and if anyone doubts this, perhaps they should visit Netherhall House where they would receive a warm welcome. Denis Ryan, B.Sc. (Tech.). 17 Pembridge Place,

E. G. Wooster, M.D., B.Ch. St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, E.C.

A Tribute to Bernard Prentis

was saddened to read in

the C.H. of the sudden death of Bernard Prentis. To me he was one of the most dedicated and unsung heroes of the Catholic Press apostolate in England.

Well do I remember in my neophyte days as a Catholic journalist, the firm hand of Bernard

Prentis. Meticulous and severe, he was almost aesthetic in his judgment. Nevertheless he was a good teacher, he it for the news story or the Jesuit classroom, There were times when he appeared hard, but this was compensated for by his genuine interest in people as persons as well as cogs in a wheel. Once the hard facet was removed, underneath there was revealed a gentleness of character which enabled perseverance during times of stress and strain. To me he was a good teacher and a friend. The Catholic Press and his school St. Ignatius, Stamford Hill, have lost a true servant. May he rest in peace.

Gerard E. Sherry.

Editor, The Catholic Review.

115 West Franklin Street, Baltimore 3, Maryland.


your note on the

Auschwitz church (THE CATHOLIC HERALD, December 13) you refer to Auschwitz as to a German town which now belongs to Poland and was re-named Oswiecim. would like to point out that Oswiecim, which is in the province of Cracow, never belonged to Germany and that it was always known under the name of Oswiecim. In the Middle Ages there was even a duchy of the same name.

The name Auschwitz appeared first in 1939 when the Germans


changed the names a large number of Polish towns and cities. Surely the fact that the occupying power (Germany) changes the name of the town does not make it German, and the use of its proper name can hardly be called re-naming.

Dr. H. Sawistowski.

Imperial College of Science and Technology, Prince Consort Road, London, S.W.7.

Saint Forgotten

S111,-1 am sorry to find that it

is quite impossible in this country, to purchase a picture, let alone a medal or statuette, of St. Charles Borromeo. Recently. on his feast day, I heard him described by Canon Bartlett as a "giant" among Saints, In the Encyclical Editae minim. of May 26, 1910, Pope St. Pius X clearly shows the reasons why we should invoke St. Charles's

aid to-day. Charles Williamson,

30, The Glen,

Pinner, Middlesex.

SIR' In your issue of Decem SIR' In your issue of Decem ber 13, you quote a letter written by six members of the Catholic Union of Students regarding Catholic Hostels for undergraduates.

must admit I was very disappointed by their negative attitide: one would have expected more optimism and initiative from students occupying responsible directive positions in Catholic University life. 1 heir objections to the formation of new Hostels seem IO stem not from a realisation of the practical difficulties this task entails, but from a lack of knowledge of the state and needs—both material and spiritual--of the Catholic students of this country at large. I was a student at London University three 2.ears ago and during my undergraduate days, was also an active member of the U.L.C.S. Throughout my time in London I found the University Catholic Society and its Chaplaincy a great means for developing mature social and intellectual senses based solidly on the Faith. therefore fully understand the concern which the above mentioned six have for the continued strength and influence of student Catholic Societies. Unlike them, however. I also happen to have stayed at a first rate—in fact unique, as it is the prototype of its kind in this coontry—Catholic Hostel for University Students, viz. Netherhall Hostel at Hampstead. I wish, therefore, to put forward a few


ra which will help to dispel what after all arc only theoretical (and not altogether logical at that) criticisms. Having had previous experience of digs found the atmosphere of the House warm, stimulating and helpful in every way. Apart from all the spiritual facilities, I found it helped to widen and increase my social activities and while before I had shared lodgings with one or two students at the most (more than often non-Catholic), I found myself living with thirty or forty others, each with different professional and personal interests. This close contact helped considerably to broaden my outlook and knowledge of life. As far as I remember, staying at the Hostel in no way attenuated my

contacts with Catholic and nonCatholic friends outside, nor did it restrict me in any way from partaking in the social and sporting activities of the chaplaincy.

Ray D. McIntyre.

18 Moss Park Road, Stretford, I,ancs,


SIR,—The Wolfenden Committee Report bases its recommendations on prostitution on the belief that it is better to sweep under the carpet the open signs of prostitution than to provide really constructive measures for approaching the whole complex of conditions which make the prostitute a feature of our society.

The homosexual is discussed long and carefully, with courage ; for the prostitute, the discussion is based on the belief that there is an inescapable need in man which must, at all costs, be met. but that woman providing for those needs is to be punished. No effort need he made to reduce demand for her services by careful and proper education of the male, but simply the age-old and useless measures of penal law are to be employed. Is it not time consideration was given to possible methods of reducing the stimulations to demand which are so blatant ? The ugly joke, the lewd advertisement, the immodest public behaviour of courting couples, the general assumption that there is one standard of behaviour for the male, another for the female . . , these arc all incitements to seek the prostitute, The poor grade club, with its bad drinking conditions, is another. There are many persons concerned in increasing demand, to their own profit ; the net of the law on immoral earnings should be stretched to catch them. Above all, let us remember that penal law directed against solicitation has this evil in it, that repressive measures applied to women alone, while they have an appearance of virtue about them, tend to foster in the minds of men that unequal moral standard which is at the bottom of the whole mischief.

M. Chave Collisson. (General Secretary.

Association for Moral

and Social Hygiene.) 129 Kennington Road, London, S.E.11.

Daily Evening Masses

SIL—.The correspondent who asserts in a letter to you that there is only one church in Engtand—on the south coast—that has daily evening Mass is misinformed. Here in this comparatively small town we have it at one church at

least (St. Joseph's). ed

I am informed there are


I am informed there are several churches in or around Liverpool with the practice. J. Ward.

105 Rockwood Avenue, Chorley, Lancs.

Christmas Cards SIR,—Would any reader of THE CATHOLIC HERALD let me have

the name of some organisation

who would be glad to get used Christmas and other similar greeting cards, also used stamps.

42 Reach Road, Sandyitiount. Dublin.

We are told that few organisations nowadays know what to do with the masses of old Christmas cards. --ED1TOR. CH.

(Miss) Marie Thompson.

I only wish there were more such Hostels, and T regret deeply the 'unrealistic and self-sufficient attitude of the Catholic Union of Students.

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