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Who is " Father X"?

" FATHER X " is the pen-name oi

the author of an article in the *filchers' paper Reveille, which attacks the Church and the Bishops for opposing Butler's Education Bill. " Father X " describes himself midway as " a business man." He is also under the strange impression that " almost without exception our elementary schools are staffed by Sisters of Mercy, who do not receive the salary paid in respect of their teaching duties by the education authority in a personal way." I wonder he doesn't suggest that the various religious orders (who make up well under fifty per cent, of Catholic teachers) hand over to Mr. Butler the money they save by choosing to live ascetic lives ! Really, the Editor of a paper like Reveille might take the trouble /to ring up same Catholic authority to find out If an article like this even sounds plausible. Maybe " Father X " will reveal himself to us in an attempt to defend himself, Protestant Brown THE leaflets of the Ilford C.P.E.A. I have got Mr. Ivor Brown's goat— or so it would appear from a note in last Sunday's Observer. Mr. Brown's 13aper, it will be recalled, stood out at the time of Cardinal Hinsiey's death by its complete silence on the subject, though I happen to know it was offered a " profile " of the Cardinal by a well-known writer. (The Observer features pen-portraits of• people in the news and calls them

" Profiles.") But Mr. Brown, when he gets angry, should avoid such a

stale cliche " It says much fur the tolerance of a Protestant country that the publishers of these clumsy attempts to spread despondency and elms are allowed to carry on this venomous campaign," It doesn't seund as though Protestant Brown himself wants to be so tolerant. A Tittle bonfire perhaps. . .

Westminster See's Arms C ANON Jackman in holy Roodlets

(I never see the name without shuddering) writes: " Despite its history and symbolism the Patient) still figures in the arms of the Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, just as Defensor Fidel also meaninglessly is still found on the coin of the realm. Cardinal Vaughan, the true successor of St. Augustine, petitioned the Holy See to allow him to incorporate the ancient Canterbury arms with his own. This was granted on condition that he changed the blue ground, on which is superimposed the PaIlium, into red, ' in honour of the English Martyrs.' A very pretty and pious explanation. Personally I have always believed there was another reason—Rome didn't want any unpleaeantness with the actual incumbent at Canterbury!"

Young Pr. Aylward rot. Frank Ayl" Ward is being succeeded as chairman of the Internatienal Committee of the Newman Association by Miss

Una Gillen. Mr. Keith Kirk will act as deputy chairman.

Mr. Kirk is a bearded New Zealander the was a Rhodes Scholar at Clifford), he is a barrister and a keen Newmanist. Talking of bearde, in the early days when Dr. Aylward was organising the International section, many of the Eurooean personalities whom he gathered together came expecting to meet a venerable and bearded figure, bent. with the weight of years of learning. Instead they found the youthful-looking person you sec here. News comes that a Newman Association is shortly to be formed in India " on the lines of the British effort." Fr. P. Carty, S.J., is the motive Power.

Role Reversed I HAD an experience a week or two ago which I suppose is not so very common. I was asked to speak to a purely clerical meeting. Having for SO

many years been accustomed to sit (generally in great comfort) sit the feet of the clergy, it was rather frightening to find oneself talking to some sixty priests, not to mention a bishop hidden in a corner of the room. But my reception was charming, and instead of those painful moments when a chairman opens a discussion and everyone looks blank, ideas were thrown backwards and forwards with the rapidity of a game of tennis. don't know that the clergy are generally in the habit of meeting regularly for talks and discuesions in an infortnal way, but surely the habit would he of enormous help in keeping the mind inteiested, flexible and young.

Vestment Selling A CORRESPONDENT 'draws my 1-1. attention to the fact that it is not in America only that vestments .from the Russian Church are offered for erele to the public. He encloses an adver tisement of " Liberty's " in the Antique Collector for NovemberDecember, 1943, displaying a georgeous piece of cloth described as coming from this source and °leering more. Presumably that firm bought it in the market, but it would be interesting to trace its history, Imagine the propagentle rumpus if vestments from Cologne Cathedral acquired by Hide] were offered in Rome or Vienna or Madrid: But there would be an uproar in those capitels, whereas New York and London take it as quite natural.

JOTTER




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