Page 5, 5th November 1943

5th November 1943
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Page 5, 5th November 1943 — THEY BOOED THE LORD PROVOST

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Because he went to Catholic Cathedral


Perhaps the most notable Catholic function to take place in Edinburgh in living memory was the Pontifical High Mass for I-1.M. and Allied Forces celebrated in St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Sunday last, the Feast of Christ the King.

The Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh attended in state accompanied by a civic party numbering over thirty. The Commander-in-Chief was there in person and the Ambassadors of seven Allied nations (U.S.A., Belgium, Holland. Czechoslovakia, Norway, Yugoslavia and the French Committee) sent delegates. The High Commissioners' of Canada. Australia and New Zealand were represented.

The distinguished guests included the Marchioness of Bute, the Right Hon. F. W. Pethick Lawrence, MR, and Mr. William Quin, Deputy Regional Commissioner, representing Lord Rosehery. Service personnel of the Allied nations crowded the building, hundreds having to stand.

The decision of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh to attend in state was made the subject of protest in certaM anti-Catholic quarters, but at

the Town Council meeting last week, the Lord Provost emphasised his decision to be present. " If my attendance," said Sir William • Darling, " at the church of a Catholic soldier, sailor, or airman will strengthen his arm in the defence of this country, I will go."

"NO-POPERY STUFF" A Councillor home on leave from the army protested against the religious strife-mongering frem which Edinburgh had suffered too much and said that if the no-Popery stuff propagated at open-air meetings in Edinburgh were tried in army barrack rooms, the person trying it would not last fire minutes. The upshot of the Town Council meeting was that the number of magistrates and councillors who had announced their intention of accompanying the Lord Provost was further increased.

The Lord Provost's entry into the Cathedral was as impressive as it was historic. Preceded by the High Constables of Edinburgh carrying their silver wands of office and by the halberdiers in silver braided livery and white stockings, the Lord Provost was met at the main entrance by Mgr. M'Gettigan, the Administrator, and conducted to his seat. Following him were some twenty magistrates and councillors in scarlet and ermine robes. In front of the Lord Provost's seat lay the civic sword and mace of the city.

A faint echo of the controversy greeted the civic party on their procession through the streets to the Cathedral. some half-hearted booing being heard, but this was entirely drowned by the hearty cheers of the crowds.

Mgr. A. 3. McDonald, 0.S.13., Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, sang the Mass and the Archbishop of Birmingham preached.

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