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THE TABLET A W eek ly N e w s p a p e r a n d R e v i e w

DCM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADD I MU S UT IN INCCEPTIS V E S TR IS CONSTANTER MANE AT IS

From the Brief o f His Holiness Pius IX to The Tablet, June 4, 1870.

Vol. 158. No. 4,762.

London, August 15, 1931.

Sixpence.

R eg is tered at the General P ost Oi i i c i as a New spape*

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News and No t e s ................. 197 Last Sunday in Prussia . . . 201 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............................ 202 The Council of Trent and the Mass ............................202 Discontinuity ................. 205 “ For Honest Protestants ” 207 Assumpta est Maria . . . 207 Oxford Summer School of the Society of St. Gregory 207 R eview s :

Paetow R e v i s e d ................. 208 Off the Rails ................. 208

CONTENTS

R eview s ( Oontd.) :

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Victoria’s Husband . . . 209 A Defence of Parnell . . . 210 New Books and Music . . . 210 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 213 The Sovereign Pontiff and the C.C.I.R............................ 214 Letters to the Ed it o r :

The Guild o f St. Luke,

SS. Cosmas and Damian 214 Russian B u t t e r ................. 214 Short Answers ................. 214

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Coming Events ................. 214 Et Ce t e r a ............................215 Catholic Education Notes . . . 216 London University Exam­

inations ............................ 216 East Africa’s Native Clergy 217 Obituary ............................ 218 Books Received ................. 218 Orbis Terrarum:

England, Scotland and Wales ............................ 218 Ireland ............................ 219 Balearic I s la n d s ................. 219 Belgium ............................ 219

Orbis Terrarum (Contd.) :

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Ceylon .............. . . . 220 Colombia .............. . . . 220 France .............. . . . 220 Germany .............. . . . 221 Hungary .............. . . . 221 India .............. . . . 221 Japan .............. 222 Lithuania .............. 222 Palestine .............. 222 Spain .............. 222 Switzerland............. 222 Monsignor Canon Clarkson 224 Social and Personal . . . 224 Ch e s s .................................... 224

N O T A N D A Europe’s anxieties— and our own. A Tablet article on the Prussian Referendum and some notes on the budgetary problem at home (pp. 197, 201).

The Supper and the Cross. What the Fathers o f the Council said at Trent. A first instalment o f a valuable paper by the Bishop o f Hebron (p. 202).

Discontinuity. A sorry tale from Warrington (p. 205).

“ The plot thickens.” H ow the Low Church “ Harrison Trust ” has involved itself with Stephen Ouseley. An erratum indeed (p. 207).

Anglican notions o f the Pope. A regrettable sentence in a Church Times leader (p. 200).

H ow native Catholic clergy are being formed for the Vicariates in East A frica . A great work which goes on “ slowly, silently, little heeded by the world ” (p. 217).

Church Music. A brief account o f the Society o f St. Gregory’s recent Summer School at O x ford (p. 207).

“ Snow ” in Rome on the hottest day o f the year. The picturesque festival o f the Madonna della Neve (p. 213).

N EW S AND NOTES N O longer is August a mensis non in British politics. Instead of going from London to Scotland for the Twelfth, the Prime Minister has chosen what we may call Twelfth Week for a hasty return from Scotland to London. As we write this Note, he is in prolonged consultation with ministerial colleagues whose vacations have had to be interrupted, shortened or cancelled outright. While we sympathize with the statesmen who need holidays and must do without them, we rejoice in their diligence. If Ministers had selfishly used the Long Vacation as an enjoyable spell of idleness and of immunity from criticism, their individual and collective prestige would have sunk very low.

N ew S e r ie s . Vol. CXXVI. N o . 4,161.

Although the present Labour Cabinet may have given place before the Spring o f 1932 to a Conservative or a National Government, Mr. Ramsay MacDonald is laudably engaged just now on the balancing o f next year’s Budget. Superficial critics o f Cardinal Bourne ought to regret having carped at His Eminence now that they are confronted with this further evidence o f the difference between British “ Socialism,” falsely so-called, and the Marxian Socialism condemned by the Catholic Church. Mr. MacDonald is intent upon maintaining the world’s confidence in British c r e d i t ; and this intention digs a deep ditch between our Labour Party and the whole-hog disciples of Marx. When we come to details and methods— safeguarding, Imperial Preference, Anglo-Russian credits, double taxation of land-values, and so on— abundant and reasonable objections may be urged against the Labour Ministers’ record and programme : but it is nonsense to brand them as iconoclasts, confiscators and hopeless heretics in the political and economic spheres.

In dealing with the Economy Report, Mr. MacDonald is bothered by a difficulty which Conservatives and Liberals insufficiently appreciate. Members of those Parties are demanding that he shall give effect to the Majority Report and that he shall brush aside the Minority objections as hardly deserving of notice. But the Minority Report emanates from Mr. MacDonald’s own party, while the Majority’s recommendations have been conceived and elaborated under Conservative and Liberal inspiration.

As these “ News and Notes ” have hinted many times, the way out seems to be along a new arterial highway o f National Government rather than along the narrow and twisted old party roads, with their frequent traffic-blocks o f sectional interests. This is not an age o f supermen in British politics : and therefore it is unreasonable to expect that any single Party can get us out o f our troubles.

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