At the dinner speeches on Monday evening Cardinal Hinsley proposed the toast of Alma Mater. He began by remarking that the toast of Alma Mater was a difficult one to propose after dinner.
He had consulted Mr. Douglas Wood, who told him that whilst theology taught us to hate the sin and love the sinner, nature taught us to hate the din and love the dinner . . .
" With the advent of Wiseman," the Cardinal said, " Oscott became the centre of the great Catholic revival of the midnineteenth century. Here was held the first Synod of Westminster, here was preached the Second Spring, here came the sons of the great Catholic families for their education.
" Both priests and laity were trained together and the suppression of Oscot: as a school was the greatest blow it ever sustained.
" One result was that the training of laity went to the Religious Orders, and there was not now the same intimacy between parish clergy and their flocks as formerly.
" Oscott as a central seminary was the beginning of a possible English ecclesiastical university. The venture had not succeeded because the times were not ripe, but if ever such a project was realised, he felt sure Oscott would again contribute its share of help and encouragement."