The Quaker View AT a dinner party this week I confess that I was tremendously impressed by our hostess, a well-known Quaker. I have never heard the cases against physical resistance more powerfully or srecerely stated I asked her what her practical propositions were. Would she submit to a Nazi occupation of this country or a Japanese occupation of her own homeland? 1 have been with Nazis for four years," she answered, look
ing at me straight in the face " I have studied their system, and I am convinced that it is bad Therefore I do not fear it When I was in Germany I have made the sweat stand out on the forehead of young Nazis by telling them what I thought of them and offering them a bettci way it you Catholics want to destroy Naeorn, what better opportunity could you have than to see them in your homes and, having got them there, to preach the gospel to them?' She described the efforts she had been mak• ing to get permission to visit the Nazis in the prison camps or even to go to Germany and preach the truth in Naziland itself By this time the sweat began to stand out on my browst
A Home of Hospitality I HAVE never visited Dorothy Day's home
of Hospitality in down-town New York. but I was reminded of its spirit as reflected in that lively organ, The Catholic Worker when I spent a week-end recently at St Joseph's House of Hospitality. 129, Maldon
Road, London, NW The camaraderie established between the guests is the more remarkable since these are by no means of one class Talk at table varied from the woes of an Irishman who had lost his pass, port back to Eire and the views of a Vien. nese1 gentleman concerning the resettlement of Europe. This gentleman, who is a tem gee. gave it as his opinion, supported by an imposing array of historical facts. that the only possible centre for a stabilised Central Europe was Vienna If you want a crosscut section of nomads now in London you could not do better than follow my example and visit this fine Catholic Home.
Apostleship of Christ the Worker PROVIDING hospitality is not the only work which goes on here. People of all sorts from the neighbourhood, social
workers as well as others, call for adv concerning knotty social or personal problems. But probably the function which. in the long run, will prove most important is
that which the Home serves as the headquarters of the Apostleship of Christ the Worker, concerning which Miss Spitz, who runs the Home and is an expert in making bricks without straw, is a whole-hearted enthusiast whose enthusiasm is infectious St Joseph's is a stone-throw from the Dominican Priory. Haverstock Hill Viler Still and 'liter EVERY week brings in numerous press
cuttings from the Freethinker, the organ of Mr. Chapman Cohen. This is because the one thing which this professed non-believer in God can never get his mind away from Is God and God's Church, Since this is the lirsi time I have had occasion to mention him, I suppose we must and it easier to ignore atheism And even now I quote the paper because it in turn quotes H G Wells as having recently said that " the most vile thing in the world to-day is the Roman Catholic Church ' Congratulations :Or. Wells, on having had the courage to say in public that there can exist in the world to day something viler than Hitler and Nazism! With the restoration of such free speech ws may yet make some progress towards a jest peace and Mr Wells may yet he given the Brace to understand the Church
Fancy as She Flounders EDEILIRGA Yardley, whose column in t: e Sower 1 have seen for the first time. calls it " Fancy as She Flutters.' 1 prefer my emendation, as her second paragraph is almost entirely inaccurate. The hierarchy does not unreservedly praise the Catholic press, but makes it very clear that it is not concerned with the political, economic, etc., views of that press, It is not lauded to the skies from a hundred pulpits, except once a year before the war on Press Sunday in answer to the Pope's own invitation. It is not urged upon the faithful at a thousand church stalls. In most cases it sits there In an untidy and dusty heap. Lastly, will the writer be kind enough to quote me an extract from this paper during the last year in which we hymn our own virtues. a thing she says the Catholic press does " without ceasing." We only do it, because we have to, in advertisements, and there is nothing I hate doing more than writing " copy " for these. Waste Not, Want ONE of the curious effects of saving one war product is to cause the waste of another I wonder how many candles and how much gas has been wasted because of
the shortage of marches And now wben others are trying to save paper, gas companies send round thousands of forms in which people are asked to undertake to save
on gas And talking of saving paper. the wanton destruction of old letters and documents seems to me a manifest sign of in cipient madness induced by the war Al though s few extra letters of historical 01 sentimental interest could make any appreciable difference to a paper salvage counted in millions of tons I Anonymous People ONE at my troubles in this column, as elsewhere in the paper, is whether to
talk of the English or the British It is a curious tact that the British Commonwealth of Nations should carry a name which is not only cumbersome but incorrect The
term • British implies a Celtic origin which certainly cannot be affirmed of a population the bulk of which is AngloSaxon and Norman "England and
English ' are equally inadmissible. as any Welshman or Scot will tell you That is one of the difficulties which the anirnalist who wishes to avoid wounding racial susceptibilities has to encounter
But we are not the only people who surer in the same way The description of the Republic over which flies the Stars and Stripes as the United States yields no word which can be used to describe the citizens of that country, . rid when they speak of themselves as Americans they are monopolising a name which belongs alike to Canadians and the peoples of the Latin
republics of the South But names once given and as habitually employed as those cited cannot be easily changed
Von Galen and Church Unity IT is mteresung to recall that Mgt von Galen, the courageous Bishop of Munster, was—and presumably still is—very interested in the Church Unity Octave. The Bishop has visited the United States more than once and been welcomed by the Franciscan Community of Greymoor. Peekskill.
New York. which fnundest it Mgr von Galen, who is a Benedictine, founded in 1923 the Catholic Union in order to promote the reunion between the Holy See and the Christian East. This work was essen fiat's, the same as that of the Church Unity movement.