Page 2, 5th August 1949

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Page 2, 5th August 1949 — Identification of Churches

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Identification of Churches

My wife (ex-Anglican) and I always look round local Catholic and Anglican churches whilst on holidays. At Bridlington in the Anglican church of Holy Trinity, a 'framed printed notice, about 12 inches by 10 inches, states its services are those of " the Catholic Church according to the rites of the Church of England," the need for respect because of the " Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Altar," and statues " present not for worship but as reminders of God and His Saints." This interior notice was in a prominent position and is immediately noticed by a visitor. My wife said that similar notices as to the " Real Presence." Statues, Beliefs, etc., would clear up many false ideas to non-Catholics who are often puzzled by their first visit to a Catholic church. It would also be good propaganda for the Faith. A further point from this church was that people who went to "Communion" left a card, provided by the church, filled in with their name, address and date.

I think this is a good idea, for the parish priest has an up-to-date record of his flock, number of parishioners, practising and lapsed (often unknown in many of our churches).-G. D. Gouces, 19 Well Close Terrace, Leeds, 7.

Vernacular Liturgy

One notes, with melancholy Interest. that half a dozen copies of English Vespers are required for a " small choir " in the very Welsh town of PwIlheIi by an inquirer with an Irish name !--CYPARO.

Caritas in Germany

Permit me to correct a possible false impression given by the otherwise excellent article by R. E. Meyer on the reception of refugees from Eastern Germany (C.1-1., July 29). Ho says: "The reception huts at Uelsen are staffed with one Catholic and one Protestant Caritas Sister each "-which gives the impression that Caritas is " interdenominational."

There are five charitable organisations in Germany all under separate administration, yet all cooperating. Of these five, Caritas is the purely Catholic organisation, the Evangelisches Hilfswerk being under Protestant administration, The other three are the German Red Cross, the organ of the Socialist Party and an organisation for Jewish relief. These five work independently, yet all benefit when a nationwide collection is made, the proceeds being divided equally between them.

This was the state of affairs up to last year; if there has since been any change, 1 have not heard of it, but I am open to correction. The second " sister" referred to in the article was probably a worker for the Evangelisches Hilfswerk and not a Caritas sister.-Maav 11. Foss, " }lollies," Furzefield Road, East Grinstead. Sussex.

Technique of Protest

While agreeing with Mr. P. J. Lynch's call to active Catholics to protest to their M.P.s, etc., about Archbishop Beran. I cannot approve of his suggestion of getting apathetic Catholics to sign on the dotted line. Such pseudo-democratic practices are, in my view, dishonest and will only bring us into disrepute. The experience of the Scottish M.P. Who called a meeting of the hundreds of people who had written to him about Cardinal Minciszenty and found himself addressing an audience of twelve ought to serve as a warning.-J. P. BROWN.

[It does not, of course, follow that apathetic Catholics would not heartily support the protests for which their signatures are asked.Editor, C.H.1

The Slav-Byzantine Rite

I should like to endorse the views of your correspondent, Miss Ishbel Cottam, on the subject of nonLatin rites. I have, on numerous occasions, attended the celebration of the Slav-Byzantine Liturgy at St. Theodore's, Saffron Hill.

The real fervour of these Ukrainian Catholics at Mass, and their enthusiastic participation in both the libretto and the actions of the Sacred Liturgy are a reproach to the high percentage of bored and apathetic laity of the Latin rite, who grudgingly spend some twenty minutes every Sunday morning in gazing round the church, or fiddling with a rosary.-Eowne J. KELLY, 8 Haldene Terrace, Barnstaple, N. Devon.

The Schools Question

Would not the financial burden occasioned by the provision of Catholic education be considerably lessened if the Catholic independent schools were to he converted into maintained comprehensive or secondary modern schools admitting Catholic children only?-SCHOOLMASTEa.

The Term Anglican

In my reference to the Anglican Church I did not mean that its formularies show no trace of Lutheran or Calvanistic teaching; I meant that the Anglican Church, as an institution. did not conform to the pure type of either the Lutheran or Calvinistic model. This is shown clearly in the case of Scotland, where the Reformation descended in its most " pure " and drastic form after 1560.

The Anglican Church is therefore sui generis and James I was delighted with its retention of an

" episcopal " order. Even in the theological sphere, once more we find Articles of Religion that sound no very certain note. This was intentional; a sort of compromise was badly wanted for State reasons. and some of the " reformers " had undoubtedly more conservative lean ings than others. That was why Newman, in Tract 90, made out a case for a "Catholic " interpreta tion of the 39 Articles. It was a great shock to his simple and sensitive heart that the Anglican authorities of his day would have none of it,-C. G. MORTImER, 2 White Buildings, Lee-on-Solent.

Outdoor Processions

If l may say so, your correspondent Ethel Walter is quite right ill suggesting that leaflets should be distributed along the routes of outdoor Catholic processions, to explain the meaning of such processions. There can be no doubt that some non-Catholics, although not actuated by ill will, have very strange ideals of our worship. One once said to me: "I know you Catholics worship your priests, for I once went to a Catholic evening-service and saw them bowing down and doing so as he stood on the altar."-J. W. POYNTER, 99 Grosvenor Avenue, Ilighbury, N.S.

Intention Defined

My letter in THE CATHOLIC HERALD of July 22 did not suggest discontinuing outdoor processions. Neither was it a comment on nonCatholic behaviour during a procession, which is frequently more edifying than ours. It was an earnest plea for something to be done to correct the interpretation non-Catholics put on those functions when discussing them afterwards.ETHEL WALTER, Bradford, Yorks.

C.E.G.-Controversy or Sermons

As an old Catholic Evidence Guild speaker, I cannot refrain from expressing my delight at the Chingford enterprise of outdoor pulpit and Sunday evening sermons from it. It has tong been clear to me that the Guild method is not quite right, in spite of the splendid ardour of its members; and that what the ordinary " people in the Street " are wanting are not lectures by laity but sermons by priests. Controversy simply arouses combativeness (where perhaps it did not previously exist) and although convincing enough, does not convert.HAROLD MC.C.RONE, 116 Huffily Grove, Peterborough.

Reciting the Rosary

Further to the helpful letter of Henrietta Bower in your issue of July 8. 1 would recommend your readers to a leaflet entitled: "A Method of saying the Rosary with a thought for each Hail Mary." It is issued by the C.T.S. of Ireland, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin.w. Remo-sees South Terrace, Cork.

St. John the Evangelist

Of course I may be wrong-I am only an Anglican-but I was under the impression that St. John the Evangelist did not meet his death by martyrdom. However, in your issue of July 29 (page 6), Dorothy Hamilton Dean writes of " the spot where St. John met his death in boiling oil." Surely the whole point of the Church of St. John at the Latin Gate is that St. John was not put to death there, but that his life was spared by a Divine miracle.-F. DARWIN Fox, 9 Fisher Street, London, W.C.I.

Catholic Bookshops

What exactly does your correspondent William Mulgrew expect in a Catholic bookshop? He complains of row upon row of booklets on how to get the best Out of one's prayers. Arc we all getting the best out of our prayers? If not, we need many more, not less, of these excellent booklets. He also complains of " sombre biographies of unimportant oval-faced clerics." Surely there is not a single priest who is unimportant whether he has

an oval or round face? What is wrong with stories about Nineo'clock Saints or that charming character Wopsy? Next time Mr. Mulgrew is in London I suggest he visits Duckett's Bookshop.--Gov J. M. Cows, 136 Leicester Road, Blaby, Leicestershire.

Second Collection

If a second collection must be taken why not have both at the offertory? In France I have known three-but at least it was one disturbance. A post-Communion collection-here a regular occurrenceis certainly an unavoidable distraction. How can we be recollected, still less help our children to be recollected at this solemn time, tinder these circumstances? Money v. Devotion, and money, as usual, wins. .-" TUNBR/DGL WELLS."

The Bible in Spain

As promised in my letter which you published on July 1, I entered Spain with Protestant Bibles in my luggage. As the Swedish correspondent, Mr. HalstrOmm, had suggested (your issue of July 8), I went to the British and Foreign Bible Society in London before leaving and bought one complete Spanish Bible and three New Testaments. These I declared on entry into Spain. The Spanish customs officer passed them without comment or indeed interest.-A. C. F. BEALES, Santander.


Many thanks for the articles on " co-partnership." We can do with lots of this. Catholics are certainly waking up to this commonsense way of putting Return Novaruni into practise. But are we influencing general public opinion in this matter? And what about the Catho lic M.P.s? Could you tackle Richard Stokes on the subject, for instance and Christopher Hollis? It might be interesting!-Mmomue E. M. BUNT, 120 Abbotts Road, Cheam, Surrey.

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