From Our Own Correspondent
The seventeenth annual general meeting of the University Catholic Federation of Great Britain was held in Liverpool, last week-end, when over fifty delegates, representing some twelve university cities attended, in addition to a large number of visitors from Europe and America.
The majority of the delegates arrived on Maundy Thursday evening and on Good Friday Fr. Ryland Whittaker, S.J.. MC., F.R.C.P., conducted the meditations at a Day of Recollection, held in St. Francis Xavier's College.
Saturday was devoted to a lecture by Professor L. P. W. Renouf, of University College, Cork, the subject of which was " The Failure of Science in Education."
In the evening the Liverpool Society gave a performance of G. K. Chesterton's play, Magic, in St. Philip's Hall, At 10.30 a.m. on Sunday the delegates assembled in academic dress at the Adelphi Hotel and proceeded to St. Nicholas's Pro-Cathedral where Dr. Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool, presided and preached at the academic High Mass, celebrated by the Very Rev. Canon J. O'Connell.
A reception by the Archbishop took place at 1 p.m. in the Adelphi Hotel, and at the luncheon which followed the speakers included Dr. Downey, Mr Edward Kirchner, President of Pax Romana, and Dr. F. X. Aylward.
SOCIAL EVENING IN " THE STORK" The Rev. Edward Quinn, Organising Secretary of the Catholic Committee for Refugees from Germany. delivered an address on "Tendencies in Central Europe," with special reference to the refugee problem, at 3.15 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the delegates attended Benediction in the Crypt Chapel of the Metropolitan Cathedral, The Rev. F. Formby, Chaplain to the Liverpool Society, was the celebrant. After the Benediction a social evening was held in the Stork Hotel and Mr Kirchner addressed the gathering.
Mass for deceased members of the Federation was celebrated in St. Nicholas's at 8 a.m. on Monday, after which the delegates proceeded to Reece's Restaurant, to hear an address by the Rev. Ryland Whittaker. The delegates and friends attended a Federation Ball in the India Buildings in the evening, and on Tuesday a luncheon marked the close of the seventeenth annual meeting.
Professor Louis P. W. Renouf, in his lecture on " The Failure of Science in Education," delivered a slashing attack on the loose and inaccurate language used by scientists. " If many of the most celebrated of our scientists cannot think and express themselves more clearly," he asked, " is it at all surprising that their pupils, and the larger public which read their more popular writings and listen to their more popular lectures go completely astray when they enter the realms of philosophy and religion?
OXFORD PRODUCES WORST CASES
"What is the cure? For many years I have maintained that a really good foundation of Latin and Greek, which includes translation from English, would do muck to rectify ntatters, but I am beginning to lose faith in this as a cure since Oxford has produced some of the worst cases, including many of those from which I have quoted.
" The only cure would seem to be a radical alteration in general mental outlook, the corollary to which necessitates fundamental changes in the whole scheme of education."
Dr. Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool, when he presided and preached at the Academic High Mass, celebrated in the Pro-Cathedral, on Sunday morning, said : "In these days, when outside the Catholic Church among professing Christians there is a marked tendency to eliminate anything in the nature of the miraculous from the gospel story, it is well for us to remind ourselves that the Resurrection of Christ is an historical fact."
NOTHING CAN WITHSTAND In these days, he went on, we heard