The difficulty, even actual impossibility, of reviving the guild idea in the present mechanised condition of industry was the subject of a talk by Fr. Vincent McNabb, 0.P., to the
Printers' Guild of St. John at a meeting to further their membership campaign held at Peckham on Sunday afternoon.
The guild system, he said, Still obtained to some extent in the so-called "liberal " professions; the priesthood, medicine, law and art, because it was impossible to mechanise them.
Nevertheless, the revival of the Guild idea was an excellent thing because it was a. step towards the destruction of the bad industrial system, and the Catholic Church fostered the guilds because they worked towards the liberation of man.
" The Church," he said.," is the only institution in the world to-day that teaches that man is a free agent. The ballot box will never be as useful in preserving democracy as the confessional box because in the latter man exercises his true free will."