5111.-1'1:R2r correspondent, " Sacerdos," professes to be shocked " by the hopeless incongruity of jazz-dancing in Lent to the honour of St. Patrick." The thought has evidently not occurred to him that the Patron Saint of Ireland has been a saint of the Church for many centuries, and if any fault were to be found in connection with holding the feast on March 17, the Church would have remedied the position long ago.
Irish people do not wear their religion on their coat-sleeve, and if "Sacerdos" were to study carefully the recent message of Ireland's President to the American people, he would realise how deep and sincere is the faith of that nation in the Catholic religion, in spite of jazz-dancing activities on St. Patrick's Day.
In a thousand and one parishes up and down our own country, priests organise dances on this day. Would "Sacerdos " have us believe that these good priests are not fully aware of the solemnity of the Lenten season?
May I ask what right " Sacerdos " has to suggest that dancing be forbidden on March 17, or to imply that priests, organisers, and laity who are in any way connected with the holding of Si Patrick's Day dances are oblivious to the solemnity of the Lenten season?