Is not the best answer to " What is the attitude of Catholics to calumny and detraction given by the Catechism : " Calumny and detraction are forbidden by the eighth Commandment, and also tale-bearing, and any words which injure our neighbour's character."-P. S.
Saints in Heaven
I was surprised to hear that the Pope placed Blessed Maria among the Saints of Heaven. The truth surely is that the Virgin Martyr made herself a saint by her holy life and death and placed herself among the Saints of Heaven.-L. R. STEVENS, Stella Mans, Dirtham Lane, Effingham, Surrey.
ti/ we must be accurate, neither the Pope, nor the Saint herself, was responsible: it was God.-Editor, CR.) Rome recommendation Before leaving England, we had made arrangements to stay with a private family, but, on reaching there, decided to change our plans and we called to see the Sisters of Marie Reparatrice at their beautiful Convent at Via del Lucchese 9. Fortunately for us, they were able to accommodate us, we cannot speak too highly of the care and attention we received. Knowing how difficult it is to find accommodation in Rome, we thought your readers would be interested to know of this Convent where pilgrims can stay.-E. Ctrrio PERT AND A. M. KAVANAGH, 6 Kensington Square, London, W.8.
" Encouraging the liturgy" Perhaps the following information will be of assistance : The C.T.S. have published a booklet (0.175) Vespers for Sunday with an introduction by Rev. Adrian Fortescue, D.D., price 3d. (two column I.atin/ English).-S. E. G. JONES, 23 Sheen Gate Mansions, S.W.14.
When the priest enters
At the Jesuit Church, Farm Street, the usual procedure when the priest emerges from the sacristry to offer the Holy Sacrifice is for the congregation to stand, presumably as a mark of respect. This may be the correct thing to do but I notice at the cathedral only a few worshippers observe this procedure. I wonder what is the correct action for the laity.-J. J.O'CoNNoa, 37 Northiam, Woodside Park, London, N.12.
" The Wind and the Rain"
Recently I had a curious experience. I entered a Catholic bookshop and asked for a copy of The Wind and the Rain : .1 was told that it could be ordered but that the shop did not stock it. The same day I bought a copy at a Communist bookshop, where stocks seemed to be abundant ! Perhaps, then, part of the trouble is due to lack of suitable publicity within the Catholic body itself.--J. GAi,nsARUT0, 6 Seymour House, Tavistock Place, London, W.C.1.
Fr. Gosling's dismissal of the socalled Tourist Argument certainly implies that he has never left this island.
Some of my war service was spent in Singapore where the Cathedral was served by English. Scottish and Indian Army chaplains and a French secular priest. Can you imagine the church notices-" 8.0 Mass in Urdu: 9.30 in French . . . " and so on; especially since a large proportion of the congregation was composed of Chinese and Malays?
I cannot see that an African congregation. for instance, is any more likely to appreciate Mass in English by an English missionary than it will Mass in Latin; if he were to use the dialect they would probably spend most of the time reflecting on his terrible accent !-C. A. WILLIAMS.