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COMMUNICATIONS MINORITIES IN CZECHO-SLOVAKIA New York, N. Y. TO the Editor:-Once again the Czech leaders within the republic of Czecho-Slovakia have made apparent their attitude with regard to...

...Stephen J. Palickar...
...With this sort of thing going on, the new republic of Czecho-Slovakia may yet be the scene of a melodrama with a most unhappy ending...
...But it is quite evident from the entire context of Dr...
...Such statements are but stagy things, mere cardboard sets which always require the cartoon as well as the table of "statistics...
...THE LONDON CONFERENCE Dorchester, Mass...
...In a recent interview with a New York Times correspondent, Dr...
...These two groups are trained separately...
...ie, Bilbao, Spain...
...TO the Editor:-The Schola Cantorum was created in Bilbao in 1926 to cooperate actively in the restoration of liturgical music...
...PROGRESSIVE SCHOLASTICISM ONCE MORE Colorado Springs, Colo...
...GOUVERNEUR PAULDING...
...It may be remembered that Hungary refused to allow the Slovaks to live within their own country on equal terms with the Hungarians, and so in the end dualism has come to be the grave for that once great and ancient monarchy...
...The Slovak people seek neither privileges nor preferred status in Czecho-Slovakia, but only the common justice and the freedom recognized and accorded to people in all civilized nations...
...And even the modernists have taught us something-the use of color...
...Frank Brannach...
...Here the problem is more complicated, but progress is being made...
...And yetAnd yet-granting that international law must have them, why must we think of sanctions only in terms of ships and guns...
...He was "not to disturb the regulations of the great monastery at Glastonbury, first foundation in England...
...The great Gregory obviously sent his missionary to a land which had already been converted to Christianity...
...To illustrate: there are at least three metaphysical theories of subsistence, the Thomistic, the Scotistic and the Suarezian...
...Christopher I. FitzGerald...
...Rheims and Chartres furnished inspiration but they were not exactly copied by contemporary builders...
...It is to this statement that exception is taken...
...A selection of children from this school passes into the choir...
...Bruni makes him say...
...they have failed so far to communicate anything in the way of first-hand historical sources other than the reiteration of traditions that I have never even so much as questioned qua traditions...
...The children's school has two parts of free training-the first college, the second singing...
...Saint Maurus, the beloved disciple of the founder, introduced monasticism into France...
...For the formularies expressing the truths of faith do not commit themselves to any system of philosophy...
...May I add a few words of comment...
...The apostolic delegate called in a Benedictine artist to develop a Chinese Catholic style of architecture, and judging by pictures in missionary magazines, he has succeeded remarkably well...
...In the first place, by the time the Czech officials are through censoring Slovak newspapers within the republic, there is little of value worth the readers' attention left in those papers...
...They seem ever ready to save the nation over which they have but a limited right of control...
...We are getting away from the ornate pretensions of a few years ago and building solidly and majestically...
...Harman have contributed heat to the discussion...
...Count Giordani and Mr...
...There were 400 voices at the inauguration of the monument to the Sacred Heart in Bilbao...
...Edward Benes, Foreign Minister at Prague...
...Anthony Traboulsee...
...Sanctions ? Certainly...
...Benes...
...Suppose we were to invent another Irish bull and say "The imponderables weigh most," and under that cheerful slogan go forth to seek a sanction which will hold the heavyweight fighters in check as effectively as the lightweights...
...From his monastery on the Caelian he [Saint Gregory] sent Augustine, who, with forty companions, set foot on English soil in 596, 'and from this time Saint Benedict seems to have taken possession of England as his own.' " I have taken care not to deny the historical authenticity of any of the foregoing statements...
...CANADA DRY St...
...COMMUNICATIONS MINORITIES IN CZECHO-SLOVAKIA New York, N. Y. TO the Editor:-Once again the Czech leaders within the republic of Czecho-Slovakia have made apparent their attitude with regard to the social and political conditions of the minority races of the republic, and this time that folly has been demonstrated by no less a person than Dr...
...Twenty years ago we painted the interior of churches in three gloomy shades of green...
...The ancient Greeks repeated accepted forms but the Romans always built in some original way...
...If this country had been settled only by the French, for example, we would all agree on using French architecture as a starting-point from which to develop...
...It is the mere opinion of the writer that Prince Edward Island will follow suit within a year...
...What is in this bottle...
...We lack sufficient evidence to justify going so far as positive denial...
...I earnestly hope that programs will be exchanged and that the technical directors of Spanish and American groups make contact to their mutual benefit...
...There has been no originality and no desire for it...
...This was the case of Monsignor Hlinka, and now is the case of Professor Vojetch Tuka, who is undergoing a sentence of fifteen years in the Czech prison for an alleged attempt of treason while working for Slovak autonomy...
...But now we see color and ornament everywhere...
...REFLECTIONS UPON ART Chicago, Ill...
...But with a dozen different styles there is confusion...
...The burden of scientific verification of these three statements rests squarely on the affirmative, Count Giordani...
...A certain style of high-naved massive church may be recognized as an American Catholic style...
...In the three years of its existence the choir has taken part in forty solemn religious ceremonies and twelve concerts...
...and presented modern work...
...It is suggested that correspondence between the Schola and an American group would not only be an act of courtesy but might have a practical interest...
...If Count Giordani will lay aside his historians' interpretations for a time and produce their primary, documentary or archaeological evidence that will corroborate his statements quoted in the beginning of this letter, I shall gladly accept such objective proof and forever after hold my peace...
...Remembered as a sinister threat of war a dozen years before Sarajevo, "two keels for one" makes a reappearance in London marked "Not to be opened till January...
...While disorder exists in the world, the sword may become necessary to restore tranquillity...
...This will surprise only those Americans (far too numerous, however) who have yet to learn that the label on a bottle is no guarantee of the contents...
...they have named dozens of historical writers on the subject...
...There seems much confusion in non-Catholic minds about the Saint Augustine who came to Canterbury in the sixth century...
...We cannot allow grotesques as altar-pieces...
...John S. Zybura...
...The unbiased reader will find nothing "indignant and hasty" in Dr...
...Ten years ago we built cold interiors of unornamented brick and stone...
...I'll have peace if I have to fight for it" used to be quoted as an Irish bull...
...He himself uses the term "faith" in that sense when he states that the Thomistic system of philosophy "seems to have acquired something like the indefectibility that belongs to the Faith itself" (that is, to the truths presented for our belief by the formularies of the faith) because, in his opinion, that system is "so closely interwoven with the expression of the formularies of that faith...
...Under us . . . these people have their own newspapers and schools...
...The choir traveled to Lourdes and in the recent First Congress of Catholic Action sang at all the solemn sessions in Madrid...
...The figures as issued from Halifax are: Question number one, as above: affirmative 64,671, negative 77,341...
...So there is a field in church decoration for the modernists, if they stay within the bounds of reason...
...TO the Editor:-In view of the recent interesting correspondence re Saint Augustine's "conversion" of England, may one inquire if it is not understood by reliable historians that he was sent to Britain to settle quarrels among the monks, relating especially to the date of the celebration of Easter, the tonsure and minor dissatisfactions among them...
...MONTE CASSINO Brooklyn, N. Y. TO the Editor:-In The Commonweal for June 12, 1929, Count Giordani made the following positive statements: "Saint Placid, son of the Senator Tertullus, was sent to Messina...
...They belong in the theatre-not in the church...
...Louis, Mo...
...Gerrity to the contrary notwithstanding...
...How utterly inconceivable any rapprochement between the Slovaks and the Czechs must be, is therefore plain...
...The formularies expressing the fundamental truths of the Incarnation do not bind themselves to the systematic value which that term acquires from its relations to other parts of a given system...
...Official tabulation of the figures does not even supply that crumb of comfort to the drys...
...Bruni's communication in The Commonweal of December 4. On the contrary, it will impress him as an earnest, calm, well-pondered presentation of the principles involved...
...Laws without teeth are futile things...
...Hence the second phrasing is equivalent to the first, and Father McCormick has not been misquoted...
...Isabel Garrison...
...Secondly, the insertion of the phrase "under us" is Benes's way of intimating that the Slovaks are under the absolute control of the Czech leaders within the republic...
...There is no ill feeling among the Slovaks for the Czech people as such, but very few of the Czech leaders have demonstrated themselves as being the sort of men whom the Slovak people of the republic are anxious to have in power in the present state of government...
...The Slovak leaders have been handicapped by the unstable system of the republic which has shifted them about before they have been able to get their bearings, owing to the long and continued haunting by the Hungarians before the world war...
...Benes revealed himself -not in a somewhat unfamiliar aspect, as the Times editorial put it while commenting upon the interview, but in the most familiar one, which certainly comes as no surprise to the Slovak people here or abroad...
...THE SCHOLA CANTORUM Madrid...
...They and many like them have a certain power, however, and they have been able to make its pressure felt for the last ten years, owing to under-cover dealings and various other political maneuvers of a fantastic character...
...and who shall say that it is an impossibility...
...In the last 400 years all art has been repetition...
...The men are of every walk of life-professionals are excluded...
...Frank Simonds, in his syndicated letter published December 8, forecasts the probable failure of the London Naval Arms Conference...
...The motif given by the master craftsman was developed by the artist in his own original way and there were no repetitions...
...As one who is well acquainted with the history that has brought about the present form of government within the Czecho-Slovak republic, and who has since come to learn of the limitations of such management as is attributed to governments so conducted, I feel it safe to protest against the superficiality and artfully concealed sensationalism which, time after time, one can hear emanating from such patriots as Dr...
...TO the Editor:-Before the official returns on the recent liquor plebiscite held in Nova Scotia, it was held, as stated by Mr...
...It is undoubtedly a very excellent choir-well-disciplined, and the training of the children should present great technical interest...
...Many have contended with me (absurd to state) that this emissary of Gregory was the only Saint Augustine, totally ignoring the existence of the great Father of the Church, son of the sainted Monica...
...D. Bede Gray, Obl., O. S. B. Coral Gables, Fla...
...They are aided by the fact that the Basque people are more than generously endowed with musical ability...
...Question number two, viz., "Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic liquor under a government control act...
...The Slovak people throughout the world recognize this, and many other facts as immediately involved...
...Bruni's criticism of Father McCormick's attitude toward the Thomistic system of philosophy, as revealed in an assertion made in that review...
...That would be worth while: in fact nothing less is worth while...
...These latter have failed to uphold the spirit of the "Pittsburgh Agreement," after having so fervently assisted in underwriting it during the establishment of the republic...
...Our difficulty comes from our interest in a multiplicity of styles...
...They are also deeply religious and very intelligent...
...The ensemble is composed of two choirs: ninety men, sixty to seventy boys...
...Letters in English may be addressed to: Don Trinidad Garcia, Elcano 40...
...If there be any frankness left, will not some American undertake to explain exactly why we should rate Japan two and France one...
...As one who spent four years in Provence, Spain, Germany and England, humbly endeavoring to disentangle legend and tradition from the facts of history, privileged often to secure precious manuscripts, there was never a doubt in my mind about the first introduction of the Faith into Britain in the first centuries A. D. Even discounting the Arimathean theory of the worthy Joseph's bringing the Cup of Sang-Real (the Holy Grail) to Avalon (or Glastonbury) there seems ample proof of that early preaching the Gospel of Our Lord, which resulted in the founding of the greatest of all the early abbeys, whose wealth was first to have been captured by the vandal Henry VIII...
...Nevertheless I suspend historical judgment and do question the fact that Saint Maur founded Benedictinism in France, that Saint Placid carried the Benedictine rule to Sicily, or that Saint Augustine of Canterbury lived according to the rule of Saint Benedict in Saint Andrew's monastery, Rome, before being sent to England by Saint Gregory...
...closely interwoven with the Catholic faith...
...Affirmative 87,651, negative 53,082...
...it is, however, a somewhat free translation of the Massachusetts coat-of-arms -"Ense petit placidam"-and its availability remains the ultimate sanction of the League of Nations as well as of naval arms conferences...
...The Church has always been interested in the new in art, Mr...
...Boddington in his article in a recent issue of The Commonweal, that those voting on question one, viz., "Are you in favor of continuing the Nova Scotia Temperance Act...
...The label may read Peace while the contents taste bitterly of Dominance...
...After years of schooling it is rather surprising that some straightforward sort of government has not been provided without the under-cover activities that seem to prevail throughout the republic...
...Bruni's criticism of his review of Progressive Scholasticism...
...Benes continued: "Besides, with the restoration of 650,000 nationals to Hungary, I would have to transfer 100,000 Slovaks who inhabit the same territory...
...In China the matter is simpler...
...TO the Editor:-The discussion of modern versus ancient art evidently is of general interest...
...It sings both in churches and in concerts...
...voted in favor of retaining the legislation...
...It revived the forgotten masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (Palestrino, Victoria, etc...
...In his answer Father McCormick takes refuge in the fact that, whereas he had stated that the Thomistic system is "closely interwoven with the expression of the formularies of the [Catholic] faith," Dr...
...The attitude of the Slovaks toward the government officials of Czecho-Slovakia has not changed in ten years, and is not likely to change until their fundamental and inalienable rights within the Czecho-Slovak nation are respected by the Czechs...
...Cram deserves great credit for having stirred up discontent with our lack of art...
...In virtue of her infallibility, the Church herself is the judge of the analogical value of the concepts expressed by this and other terms used in her formulations of revealed truth...
...TO the Editor:-In The Commonweal for December 18, Father McCormick, S. J., answers Dr...
...This answer in no way invalidates Dr...
...So did mediaeval Catholic builders...
...TO the Editor:-Mr...
...It seems, therefore, that the drys were utterly routed...
...After adducing his testimony to the newspaper correspondent who had touched upon the question of lost territories of Hungary-the territories, of course that have always belonged to Slovakia-Dr...
...That is precisely where the rub comes for the Slovaks of the republic...
...Bruni's reply as well as from his previous accurate quotation of the whole passage (of Father McCormick's review) under discussion, that he here uses the term faith in its objective sense, that is, to signify the truths expressed by the formularies of the Faith...

Vol. 11 • January 1930 • No. 10


 
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