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THE TABLET N. W eek ly N ew s p a p e r a n d R e v ie w DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEFTIS VESTRIS CONSTANTER MANE AT IS

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

Vol. 156. No. 4,710. London, August 16, 1930.

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News and No t e s ................. 201 Nolite Peregrinari in

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Fervore ............................205 Imaginary Law Reports— I 207 From The Tablet of Eighty

Years A g o ............................208 Review s :

The English Monasteries 208 A Capuchin Mystic . . . 208 A Disturbing Outlook . . . 209 An Apocryphal Apocalypse 209 A Hermit of the Desert

Ways ............................ 210 “ Archbishop’s Stortford ” 210 New Books and Music . . . 210

CONTENTS

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Books Received........................ 212 Ch e s s ....................................... 212 A Norman Church for West

Riding ............................ 213 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................217 Coming Events ................. 218 Et C.e t e r a ............................ 219 Catholic Education Notes . . . 220 Eight Bishops at Lourdes . . . 221 Obituary ............................ 222

W i l l s .................................... 222 Letters to the Ed it o r :

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John Wesley and Toleration ........................222 Merrion Square .................. 222 Sizergh Castle ................. 222 Orb i s Terrarum :

England, Scotland and Wales .......................... 223 Ireland .......................... 224 Belgium .......................... 224 Bolivia .......................... 225 China .......................... 225 France .......................... 225

Or b is T errarum ( Contd.) :

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Germany ............................226 Holland ............................ 226 Hungary ............................226 India 226 Indo-Cliina 226 Korea ............................ 227 Orange River ................. 227 Poland ............................227 Portugal ............................228 Uganda ............................228 Yugo-Slavia ................. 228 “ No Bathing ” 228 Social and P ersonal . . . 228

NOTANDA The Sovereign Pontiff's health. The Tablet denies a rumour circulated by the Central News (p. 2 0 1 ).

A Tablet leader-writer shows that misrepresentation and other trials are the ordinary, not the extraordinary experience o f the Church (p. 205).

Honours fo r a centenarian. Part o f Mrs. Birt’s life-story (p. 219).

Miss Amy Johnson’s profession o f faith (p. 202). In an Imaginary Law Report, “ F. H. C.” continues a discussion begun in Punch by “ A . P. H .” (p. 207).

The new Church at Keighley, Yorkshire. Fullpage views o f its exterior and interior, with some remarks on Norman architecture (pp. 213-215).

A starveling White Paper on Russia timidly fo l lows its Big Blue Maltese Brother into the daylight (p. 2 0 1 ).

Visits fo r four literary ghosts to pay (p. 219).

N EW S AND NOTES O UR Lord Pope Pius remains at work in Rome, unbeaten by fiery heats which have driven younger men to sea-shores or to mountains. His Holiness gives audience to high dignitaries and to humble pilgrims alike ; and not for one day does he turn aside from the cares of his stupendous office. Therefore it is with deep thankfulness to the Divine Giver of all good that we hereby contradict the re-born rumour which whispers bad news about the Sovereign Pontiff’s health. The “ Central News ” Agency has been a prominent offender this time. Our Holy Father is well— very well— and the stories about a growing malady and a forthcoming operation at the surgeons’ hands are wholly untrue. Newsmongers outside the Vatican City have deemed it safe to say that the Pope is ill : because these are flabby days when we are always hearing about the nervous breakdowns of public men far less busy than His Holiness. Not long ago we were reading about a famous Nonconformist preacher’s “ usual midwinter rest ” : and even the younger business-men are always telling us that they must run off somewhere or other (apart from their annual vacation) because they are feeling run down, slack, cheap, “ off colour,” below par, or otherwise disabled. At a moment of our national life when the old motto Labor omnia vincit is more necessary for us than ever, the Pope’s example should be an inspiration to every Catholic. Whether we work with brain or hand our Holy Father silently invites us to hate slackness and to toil with might and main.

“ Two-penn’orth of Big Russia and one-and-sixpenceworth of Little Malta ” is a caustic Englishman’s comment upon the British Government’s new White Paper (Cmd. 3641) which was published last Tuesday. When the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the House of Lords, moved for papers concerning the religious persecution in Russia, the Government reply was to the effect that it was impossible to publish what had passed between Mr. Henderson’s Department and His Majesty’s Ambassador in Moscow. But there was no hesitation in broadcasting the Maltese Blue Book, a large part of which was a document, strictly speaking inadmissible, containing attacks upon confessors who, as the Vatican points out, “ can neither defend themselves nor even speak.”

Although the starveling White Paper about the anti-God horrors in Russia has been produced in a minimising spirit, thus contrasting strangely with the maximising Blue Book on the alleged wrongdoings of the Church in Malta, it is nevertheless instructive. Here is Article 122 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Socialist Federal Republic :

The teaching of religious belief to young children and persons under age in State or private educational esla

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