The Archbishop of Westminster was present at an initiation ceremony of the Knights •of St. Columba held in Westminster Cathedral Hall last week, the Supreme Knight, Mr. W. J. Loughrey, who came from Liverpool for the occasion. was supported by the Deputy Supreme Knight, Mr. J. J. Gibbons; Supreme Chancellor, Mr. F. J. Mildner; Supreme Directors, Major P. Taggart. 0.B.E., J. E. Coleman and T. J. T. McMenemy, also the Provincial Deputy for Westminster. Mr. 0, H. Windsor, The Due de Bourbon, Privy Chamberlain to His Holiness and Privy Chamberlain of the Holy Sepulchre was among those admitted to membership.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the Archbishop addressed the members. He warned them against the fallacy, sedulously fostered in some quarters, that the Pope. because he denounced Communism. was therefore Fascist. His Grace referred to the fundamental virtues of the Order— Charity. Unity and Fraternity—and advised the Knights to found .their unity in
the Blessed Sacrament. He invited their fullest co-operation with the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament, which should be set up in every parish of the diocese.
The hall was filled with Knights drawn from all parts of the Province of Westminster, even the gallery being occupied. At a private supper party after the ceremony, the Due de Bourbon invested Mr. Loughrey with the medal and ribbon or the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Louis.