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Twenty-six PROTESTANT CLERGY IN FRANCE MAKE QUEER PROTEST. Lament Prominence of Catholic Prel- ates at Public Functions By M. Masiani # Paris.--Various prominent Protes- tants, for some time, have appeared to be greatly disturbed by the part play- by prelates of the Catholic faith in official celebrations. They have car- ried their complaints to the President of the Republic and the President of the Council. Thi latest step has been revealed in an article in the Protestant Bulletin "Evangile et Liberte." "Seeing the place occupied by the Catholic c]ergy by the side of the civil authorities and array leaders, and the part played by the Catholic bishops, it might appear that Catholicism is recovering its privileges of State Re- ligion. "In vain otr co.-religionkt, M. Es- collier, deputy of the Drome, invoking the neutrality of the State on reli- gious questions, has complained in a letter to the President of what he con- siders blameablc condenscension and flagrant violation o the rule of neu- trality. His letter remained unan- swered." Action of Protesta'nt Federation , The Council of the Protestant Fed- oration decided to ask the President of the Republic and the Premier for an audience in order to present a for- mal request that Protestant minister be invited to official ceremonies. Although the exact terms of the answer made by President Millerand and 3/I. Poincare are not known, the general sense of their answer is made plain in a letter of the Secretary of the Protestant Federation quoted in "Evangile et Liberte." In this letter he says in part: "We have obtained the most satis- factory assurances. As a matter of :fact, when ceremonies are organized by the government, invitations are sent regularly either to the President of the Federation or to the President of the Consistory in Paris. But it is certain that our black coats always pass unperceived by the press along side of the crimson and violet robes of the Catholic prelates, who are al- ways accompanied by priests in robes. "In the provinces, wherever Prot- estantism is represented by an active pastor who has become generally known and esteemed, the pastor is always invited to patriotic celebra- tions. But inmany places the pastor is not known personally to the au- thorities; frequently he does not live near the place where the ceremolay is to be held, and local organizers fail to invite him to attend. And still more often, even if the pastor accepts the invitation, he passes unnoticed in the crowd. "After having on various occasions followed up the omissions reported to us, the Council of the Federation has been forced to recognize that there was no subject for an official com- plaint, but rather for a recommenda- tion to the pastors and consistories, urging them to see that they are not overlooked, and, above all, to accept all invitations extended to them." No Injustice to Protestants The above letter explains the situa- tion perfectly. No" injustice has been committed towards Protestantism. There has been no arbitrary action on the part of the government, and no discrimination on the part of the Catholics. The truth is that the neu- trality proclaimed by the law has nev- er been able to destroy a fact. The immense majority of the French peo- ple, by practice, or by tradition, be- longs to the Catholic faith. 'In times of anguish, trial or joy, the people turn to their religion. The leaders of the people cannot deny the evidence. When the people celebrate some joy- ful event, it is to the cathedrals that they go first. When they unveil a memorial to the de'ad, they demand the benediction of the monument by the clergy. This is why M. Poincare, M. Deschanel and M. Millerand attended the MasSes of Thanksgiving at Bor- deaux, Orleans and Meaux. This is why .the violet, red and black robes appear side by side with tlfe uniforms of prefects and generals. The partici- pation of the religious element in na- tional solemnities was so necessary, so equitable, that the government Could not "remain prisoners of a doubtful legalitY" as the late Cardinal Amette was wont to say. And if the, part played by the Protestants is less coaa- spicuous than that of the Catltlics, if more bishops than pastors appear at public ceremonies, it is due solely and naturally to the enormous predomi- nance of the Catholic element in the population of the country. Deputy Escoffier's Attack Reaso]table Protestants understand THE GU this and feel no indignation. As the Secretary of the Protestant Federation writes in concluding tim letter men- tioned above, "The situation does not appear to us to be deserving of the qualification of scandal." Unfortunately, however, all Prot- estants do not show the same broad- mindedness. The Protestant deputy Escoffier, who belongs to the radical party, demands the absolute exclu- sion of all ministers of worship from public ceremonies. And this is not all. While his Protestant colleague pastor, Soulier, deputy of the Depart- ment of the Seine, paid a public trib- ute in the Chamber to the heroism of the Catholic missionaries during re- cent events at Smyrna, M. Escoffier mue a violent protest against the maintenance of chaplains with troops stationed outside of France. M. Escof- fier is an anti-religious Protestant and speaks the une l'mguage as the anti-religious "Freethinkers." The "Union Federale de la IAbre Pensee de France et des Colonies" in a public manifesto, recently stated that it no longer had "the strength to* feel in- dignant'over the menace of clerical re- action which foed the Premier, in the Cathedral of Mcaux, at the me- morial .ervice of the Battle of the Marne, to listen to the Archbishop of Rouen who proclaimed that 'God had protected France and conducted the trend of events!' " MAY BE AN IRISH DIPLOMATIC AGENT AT WASHINGTON (N. C. W. C. News Service) Washington. Dec. .Now that the ."ish Free State has become a fuh. fledged national entity Washington is looking focrward to the appoint- ment of the first Irish diplomatic rep- xesentative in the United States. Urt-' til the question of the status of the Can.adian diplomatic representative has been settled the Irish representa- tive will be no more than attache of the British embassy and a member of the British embhssy staff. ' Canada flow hassuch a representative, who looks after Canalan matters with the approval of the Ambassador and there is also a Canadian commercial attache who looks after commercial affairn under the British Commercial Counselor, Mr. John Joyce Broderick, who happens to be an Irishman also. It is probable that the Free State will have a commercial attache at Wash- ARDIAN ington in due time. Whether there will be a member of the embassy staff to take charge of Irish diplomatic af- fairs is not so certain. That is a ques- tion to be decided entirely by the Free State authorities and the British Gov- ernment. It is only to the latter that the State Department can look for of- ficial pronouncements and the con- duct of relations beteen the irish Free State and the United States. It ]is no secret that the Irish question has long been a source of perplexity for the British diplomatic representa- tLve in this country and it may he as- sumed that the British Ambassador wouhl be relieved to have a spokes-[ man for the Free State on his staff to take as far as possible under the present arrangement some of the re- sponsibility. ,'1li [tllli[lill, II I tll!ltla,,t. ,,llI,,llJlil *,kltllS, takes as his theme the necessity of gives his opinions of the modern world returning to the popular government ancient simplicity of the Manger. City of Endless John H. Reddin, Supreme Master of Kelly explains the the K. of C., contributes an article which challenges the authenticity of Sulgrave Manor in the claims of the Sulgrave Institute. G.K. Chesterton writes concerning the mutual under- standings and misunderstandings of England and America, urging that the less professional propagandists at- tempt to influence America the more America will probably be influenced. Mayor John F. Hylan of New York in the Near East, and Dr. Joseph Kinsman, formerl.y Bishop of Delaware, study of the great charter There is fiction by James G. and variou special tures, with an editorial by.' Kennedy urging Christian practice the lesson of fore they attempt to Christian nations. SIMPIAC1TY OF MANGER. New York, Dec. '--Archbishop Curley of Baltimoresuccessor of Cardinal Gibbons--writes the feature article in the Christmas issue of Columbia, the Knights of Columbus national monthly. The Archbishop II i In All Financial Matters You Need a Bank/ Why should you divide your financial transactions among various institutions when a bank can handle all of them. You will find at the AMERICAN BANK the fol,lowing specialized delmrtments in dmrge of comnetent managers: a D Checking--Savings--Trust--Loan Rent--Insurance--Real Estate Foreign--Collection Bonding--Investment--Safe Deposit Our officers, our staff, and our forty-se/en years of experience are at your service. 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