Cardinal Hinsley, Archbishop of Westminster, presided at the Annual Meeting of the Converts' Aid Society on June 30, at the Westminster Hall.
The Bishop of Northampton moved the adoption of the Annual Report and said that he regarded the Anglican clergymen converts as the heroes of the Faith, and to think of the sacrifices made by them was to think of one of the hardest problems laid upon humanity.
Cardinal Hinsley appealed to his hearers to support Mr. Chambers in the work of providing the means of helping numberless clergymen who come over to the Church and find themselves in great difficulty.
" May it not be that what has happened in other lands causes us fear that upheaval may take place even in our own peaceloving England, and should we not welcome with open arms and hearts and brotherly sympathy those who seek the truth and are ready to sacrifice themselves, to give up all their material prospects for the spiritual values which they know exist in the Catholic Church and in the Catholic Church
alone? The convert clergymen have in them the same minds as the missionaries and martyrs . . .
They ask me, and they ask our Bishops to find them means of working as apostles . . 1 want to discover how that desire can be satisfied, and 1 would ask those who have any thoughts on the subject to help me."
Mr. Douglas Woodruff, Editor of The Tablet, in seconding the adoption of the Report, said it was difficult to get ordinary people to pay serious attention to intellectual theology. Ordinary people expected to have theology served up to them in the daily press in articles which editors said should be between 800 and 900 words in length. The people who had the taste or the time for what might be called fundamental reading, upon which apologetics rested, were few. But the convert clergymen were among the select few, and when they came into the Catholic Church with their years ,of training they brought to it intellectual canital, though not economic capital.
Big New Movement Viscount FitzAlan proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and speakers, and Mr. Alfred Denville, M.P., in seconding, told of a movement now going on which should have far-reaching effects. The movement was composed of members of all religious Faiths for the purpose of fighting the enemy in their midst.
They had had at the House of Commons a couple of weeks ago a meeting of people of all classes, all kinds of creeds -the Head of the Orange Order, prominent Freemasons. Jews, Salvation Army, Nonconformists of all descriptions. Anglican Church, and even Mohammedans. If they could get together on a level footing and talk to them he did not think the Catholic Church had anything to fear, but rather everything to gain.
In conclusion Mr. Denville wished the Converts' Aid Society great success. and trusted that all that was necessary to keep it going would be found.