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IRISH WORKERS

S1R,—The article by Mr. Guilfoyle touches on a problem which is important to all Catholics, because any member of the Mystical Body ought to be concerned when another member is suffering from spiritual sickness which may result in its being severed from the Body unless the proper remedies are applied to restore it to spiritual health.

Where is the remedy to this problem? The remedy is—organise these young Irish boys and girls, welcorne them into all parochial activities, and make them feel at home in the parish in which they live. Make use of those fine types of Irish youth in the churches—in most cases they are only waiting to be asked. It has been done in the past, and the result is the fine vigorous (almost militant) Catholicism of the northern dioceses, where the Catholic population is very highly organised, and it is to the influx of Irish workers in the past that the large Catholic population of the North is due. The same is true of America, where the Irish Catholics are very highly organised, and thrive under organisation.

The problem has a wider and more important aspect. The conversion of England to the Catholic Faith is the intention of every Benediction in this country, and a prayer for that intention forms part of every Benediction service. It seems to me that England will be converted not by a mass movement towards Catholicism by those outside the fold, but by the growth of the Catholic population in a country which appears to be using every means to reach a state of race suicide. It should be our aim, then, 'o see Catholic children spring up to take the place of those whose coming is a burden to be avoided ; we should rejoice at the advent of another Catholic to a parish, or the setting up of another Catholic family. We have a splendid opportunity in these days of youth clubs of making good use of the youth Irish workers, both for their own advantage and for that of the Church, by causing them to mix in a social Catholic atmosphere, where there is every likelihood of their meeting good Catholic partners. The task is an easy and a pleasant one, and the future of our race and religion demands that we get to work.

JOHN J. BATEMAN. B.A. St. Mary's Training College, Strawberry Hill, Middlesex.

A Worker's View SIR.—Over a year in this country I live with thirty-six more Irishmen. I would like to remind Mr. Guilfoyle that we don't follow a " mob." Let there be no mistake about that. The Irish workers' instruction on the Christian doctrine in the Motherland is as good as any. The Catholic Faith is the soul of Ireland—as strong to-day as Ireland of old was, Catholic and Christian when the greater part of the world was pagan. Her history is well-known on the missionary fields and is without parallel,

" 1111SH WORKER." Bourn, Cambridge.




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