WHILE we know that television presence is not moral presence—that is, you cannot hear Mass by television or radio—its impact grows ever stronger. When colour comes, hardly anyone will he really present on great occasions. The millions who have watched the Papal Mass and Coronation on TV undoubtedly saw much more of the ceremony than the wildly clapping congregation. For who have seen in closetip the solemn moment of consecration will be likely to forget it. It was intensely moving—and one certainly felt present in some very strong way. The actual coronation on the balcony was, by comparison, a much less solemnlooking moment. perhaps because the setting was more familiar. Perhaps, too, the Holy Father, who must have been very tired, was anxious that the final ceremony should not take too long. I am sure that many who heard him as commentator would wish to thank Mgr. Tomlinson for the excellence and clarity of his explanation on ITV. Another Monsignor (these titles, I am told, in fact lapse after the death of a Pope until they are renewed by his successor) who deserves our thanks is Mgr. Worlock who has been living at the end of a telephone. Much of the accuracy and excellence of the reporting in the national press of recent papal events is due to his untiring work and of those who helped him.
Change of Style
THE story about the Holy Father which will most interest Catholic journalists all over the world is the one of his early visit to the Osservatore Romano and his request to its editor, Count della Torre, that the paper should now give up the exaggerated complimentary language traditionally used in connection with the activities of the Pope. Every Catholic paper has to take the Osservatore which. though unofficial, is the quicker source of papal texts. A curious feature of the old style is not only that the Pontefice is always augusto. but that everything he does becomes venerato, So we get ; "Ecco testo del venerato radiomessagio." Now the radio address of John XXIII is introduced quite simply with the words: "Diamo it moo del radio
message° clue it Sontmo Pornefice Giovanni XXIII. questa mattina mercoledi, dalla Cappello Sestina, ha diretto al Mondo intero"
The 3 Sunday R's
ANOTHER TV programme that
has brought a good many letters is Gilbert Harding in the " ).ions' Den ", the Lions being the Welsh Lord's Day Observance Society I thought Gilbert Harding was in general magnificent, especially in his insistence that people should in large measure be allowed to judge these matters for themselves. But he made a mistake, I am sure inadvertently, in not bracketing with church attendance for believers rest from servile work. Servile work has become a term rather hard to define these days, but it is surely clear that Sunday should be a day of rest, relaxation, and recreation. People may and must differ as to how these three R's should be realised, and it is inevitable that a minority has to work on Sundays for the general good, but it was certainly unfortunate that Gilbert Harding seemed to stand for church and recreation only.
I AM sure that many priests will be specially interested in the views of Bishop Walsh of Aberdeen on the question of whether the Breviary recited in private is best recited in Latin, as is the obligation today. The bishop writes in "Amen," the journal of the Vernacular Society in the U.S.A. " If the office is recited in private by the priest," he writes, " a uniform language seems no more necessary than a uniform language for the sacred scriptures, of which the office is largely composed. Our preaching ought to be soaked in Scriptural thought. The psalms are the backbone of the divine office. Even though a priest relish his Latin breviary for his own spiritual life, if the breviary is to provide the manna (food) for his preaching, it should be read in the vernacular. As things are. we have to some extent to learn the sacred scriptures twice. It is not that nu, 'wipee sr.
less educated than they used to be. Never were priests better educated. Never were there better priests. But Latin has ceased to be the background of our literature and of our general reading."
FitOM the Catholic Film lust! tote comes a letter asking me to help in making more widely known the " Handbook and Film Catalogue " of the Institute, which has been put to ether to meet the wishes of Pius XII in the encyclical Miranda Prorsus. The "Handbook," which is illustrated and gives all relevant particulars of 16mm. films that may be hired from the Institute and other valuable information, costs half-a-crown. It is obtainable from the C.F.I. at 9, Lansdowne Road, London, W.11.
OU R correspondent in Rome adds a PS., which 1 cannot forbear quoting. "My first call to you (in the middle of the night) was delayed by London first giving me a wrong number. I was answered by a sleepy, irascible and very Protestant retired colonel (7) who snapped: ' I don't know who you are I don't know why you're ringing me. And I don't give a damn who the Pope is. and you can tell him so with my love.
Good-night.' " Fair enough, in the circumstances — and our apologies to the colonel.
Daily Mass Guide
SUN., NOV. 9. DEDICATION OF THE ARCHBASILICA OF OUR HOLY SAVIOUR. d. 2 cl. Comm. of the 24th Sunday after Pentecost (fifth after Epiphany). Creed. (White).
MON., NOV. 10. S. Andrew Avellino. d. Comm. of SS. Trypho & Comps. (White).
TUES., NOV. 11. S. Martin of Tours d. Comm. of S. Menna. (White).
WED.. NOV. 12. S. Martin. Pope. sp. (Red).
THEIRS., NOV. 13. S. Didacus. sp. (White).
FRID., NOV. 14. S. Josaphat. d. (Red).
SAT., NOV. 15. S. Albert the Great, d. Creed. (White).
SUN., NOV. 16. TWENTYFIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. d. Mass of 6th Sunday after the Epiphany. Creed. Preface