A Dire Need of the Modern World In connection with a visit to Nottingham to address the members, in that city, of the Catholic Social Guild, Fr. Leo O'Hea, S.J., Principal of the Workers' College at Oxford, read the following letter from the Bishop of Nottingham:
" I am convinced that in these days the world stands in the direst need of Catholic social teaching and 1 hope that Fr. O'Hea's visit will result in a great strengthening of the Nottingham branch of the Guild. It is most of all desirable that our Catholic working-men should become members of the Guild, and join the study circles so that they may know what is the Church's teaching on social problems, and be in a position to defend themselves, their fellow-workers, and their country against the poison of false social doctrines. They should be a ' leaven ' amongst the mass of the working men and, both by example and precept, quickly and kindly put forward Catholic teaching.
The Church's Experience s 2,000 Years
"The Church has nearly two thousand years' experience of human nature; she is, moreover, divinely guided and protected, and when she speaks every Catholic will listen and obey. And she has spoken in recent times through her Popes, who have not only condemned all pernicious social doctrines but have also condemned the abuses of modern capitalism and have put forward a definite programme for ' social order.' Their teaching has been wonderfully crystallised in the Grand Encyclical Atheistic Communism ' sent out to the Catholic world only a few weeks ago by His Holiness Pope Pius XL "The contents of this Encyclical should be studied by all our people, but especially by all members of the Catholic Social Guild. Christian charity and Christian patriotism demand that we should make known to the world the only true principles which can provide the welfare of human society in all its relations—and these principles are to be learnt from the Church of Christ with its divine commission to teach all nations."