Catholic Action in Action
Ihesitate to add this appeal, to the many which have been already in ayn ieoRurelcoflumns, on behalf of Germ, However, having seen CaritasVerhand at work I should like to explain its functions. Caritas helps Germaus spiritually as well as physically; the former often being the most difficult. And while helping Germans to help themselves it is grateful for the help which has come from abroad. Caritas seeks to unite families who have been scattered
during the war, and helps returned
P.O.W.s. Those from Russia need it most. Is trying desperately to succour orphans and old people. To supply extra nourishment to T.B. suspects. It is — Catholic Action in Action. Its address is: Caritas-Verband, Ander Alster 19, Hamburg L—E. A. JONES, Capt., 426 Coy., G.C.L.O., B.A.O.R. (3).
Trips to Fatima
I have read with extreme interest your very interesting article on Fatima. Could you be so kind as to inform me the best ,way of arriving there — and approximate cost. Also what accommodation is to he had. Also—would it be possible to arrange a pilgrimage from this country do you think—say next year ?—Joseen Tranorrs, 66, Olive Hill Road, Blackheath, Birmingham.
[Portugal can be reached by sea, air or land. By land the journey is long and tiring. by air quick and expensive, by sea refreshing and reasonably priced, from £15 single upwards. Living accommodation is fairly cheap, and well within the permitted allowance of £35. Fatima itself can be reached by train and bits, but is best visited in a pilgrimage for which special coach arrangements can be made. There is no Ereason. I oR,except cost, why a British pilgrimage cannot be arranged.—
Catholics and Socialism
Mr. G. S. Oddie's letter bearing the above title in the last issue of THE CATHOLIC HERALD is as misleading as it is fallacious. It is true that in the Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno Pius XI declared that no true Catholic could be a Socialist " properly so called." But it is quite a mistake to interpret this as a Papal condemnation of the British Labour Party. English Cardinals have made allowance for the distinction on various occasions. Cardinal Bourne, for example, speaking in Edinburgh on June 17, 1931, said: "I think it will be generally admitted that very few members of the Labour Party would base their desire for social reform on the principles which His Holiness has so strongly condemned." Again, Cardinal Griffin wrote in the latest Lenten Pastoral that in England, "we are free to vote for any Party except the Communist Party, which has as its declared aim the suppression of religion."—J. G. VASSALLO, Ca1110lie Workers College, Oxford.
Since my letter appealing for the return of our Outdoor Processions appeared, I have been the recipient of some interesting correspondence. It would appear that the desire for the return of our Outdoor Processions is an avid one, and that the objections do not come from the secular authorities, but from within our own Church. But listen to the incomparable G. K. Chesterton whose words I have taken from his brilliant Orthodoxy . . . "Becket wore a hair shirt under his gold and crimson and there is much to be said for the combination; for Becket got the benefit of the hair shirt while the people in the street got the benefit of the crimson and gold." Monastic seclusion has its points, but, to-day in England to live for the Faith is a more urgent necessity than to die for the Faith; the latter necessity may arise sooner than we expect.—GERALD FYNE. 'Farm Ville,' 8, Roundhay Mount, Harehills, Leeds ft.