"PROGRESS" IN SPAIN
SIR—In your issue of June 24 Mr. Bernard Wall contributes an article under the title " About Thinking Men and Women," in which he makes the statement that " It is Progress I understand which made Thinking Men and Women political. For this reason they are anti-Franco, because Franco is against Progress,"
If this statement is intended as a joke or as a criticism of Thinking Men and Women, all well and good, otherwise it could only be defined as gross calumny.
I cannot pretend to request the use of your columns to the extent which would be requisite in order to state all the progressive and original measures put into force by Franco in the two years during which he has governed the country carrying on at the same time one of the most difficult wars in history, but I trust you will allow me to mention a few.
Can Mr. Wall point out to me any country even those living in peace and plenty, where the Government has set up neat and clean dining rooms for the poor who suffer from diabetes where they can get the kind of food they require, free. gratis and for nothing?
Can Mr. Wall refer to any free dining rooms for the poor which can compete to their advantage with those set up all over Franco's Spain, started generally the very next day a town is rescued from the Reds and where even the children of these same Red murderers get their food for nothing?
Can Mr. Wall mention a country in which during war time, war prisoners who are ready to work are paid a full wage and moreover get extra payment according to the number of persons in their family dependent on them for their living?
Can Mr. Wall mention any country which in the midst of war has built as many really elegant houses for the poor rent free as has been done in Franco's Spain?
Has Mr. Wall taken the trouble to study Franco's Labour Code, which is being steadily enforced by Franco and can he show anything elsewhere comparable to it even in countries living in peace?
These are only a few samples of measures put into force by Franco but I could mention a hundred or so more, just as progressive, unless I am mistaken and real progress is to be found elsewhere, perhaps among the Reds and that progress consists in murder, sacrilege, arson, destruction of art, etc.
As since the first days of the war my son has fallen a victim to the progressiveness of the Reds, and as there is just a faint chance of his being still alive in some of their foul prisons or concentration camps, and as he was seized exclusively owing to the name he bore, I must withhold my name as the Reds are progressive enough to read the foreign Press and especially the anti-Communist and Catholic papers and are liable to take reprisals, I will therefore sign A SPANISH READER OF THE.
CATHoLic HERALD. Tangier.
[Mr. Barnard' Wall will be able to clarify his meaning better than we can, but it is evident that he was using " Progress " in the sense of the modern worship of Progress or Material Enlightenment, not in the sense of concrete political and social reforms. We recommend h1 r. Wall's book, "Spain of the Spaniards " to our correspondent and others interested in this point.T.EniTott.]
CATHOLIC ACTION PUBLICATIONS
SIR,—In view of the growing interest in Catholic Action may I he allowed to call the attention of your readers to several publications on this subject published by the Liverpool Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Action. "Catholic Action—A Simple Explanation " (price Id.), has already run into several thousands. One parish priest wrote asking for one hundred dozen copies to enable him to distribute a copy to every house in the parish. Other publications include the important Letter on Catholic Action written by Cardinal Pacelli to the Archbishop of Liverpool last December; Archbishop Downey's broadcast address on the subject on the same occasion; the " Report of the Liverpool Catholic Action Congress containing addresses by the Archbishops of Liverpool and Birmingham, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, and others. on the subject of Catholic Action and the Clergy, Catholic Action and the Teacher, Catholic Action for Women, Catholic Action and the Children. Those interested in the Young Christian Workers' Movement will be interested in the Board's pamphlet by Fr. Kothen (Belgian J.O.C.) on " Catholic Action and the Young Christian Workers' Movement " (2d.), and i.n the pamphlet, now printing, on the same subject, "How to start a section."
Knowledge of Catholic Action is essential for those who wish to take part in this organised apostolate of the laity.
H. TAYLOR, Hon, Sec. Liverpool Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Action.
152, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool.
RECOLLECTION DAYS FOR THE BLIND
Site—Last year we had two Days of Recollection at the Cenacle Convent, Hampstead, for 70 blind men and women; and we are expecting the same number
again this year—if not more. The estimated expense is £15, which includes the hire of a motor-coach to bring those who live on the other side of the Thames.
The Association of The Ladies of Charity appeal to the kindness of your readers who have their sight, to help provide these Days of Recollection for the Blind, to whom it means so much.
Donations will be gratefully received by MRS. PASSMORE, Hon. Sec.. Ladies of Charity. 3 E., Hyde Park Mansions, N.W.1.