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Catholic Quarterly Review
This periodical has now completed the first year of its existence, and has un. questionably, to say the least, made good its right to a continued existence. What place it occupies in Catholic periodical literature is sufficiently manifested by the commendatory notices of the non-Catholic, as well as Catholic press, extracts from which we have published from time to time, and a synopsis of those which refer to the last (October) number, will be found below.
The publishers and conductors of the American Catholic Quarterly Review did not expect to be able to make it from the start all that they hope it will eventually become. They labored under no such delusion. They were well aware that a Reviero must growo; grow not only in the estimation of the public, but also in its hold upon its readers, and in its influence upon their opinions. They knew well that it was impossible at once to create a staff of regular contributors, or to realize at once the conception on which the Review is based. But they believed that, as there was an urgent necessity for such a publication as the Reviero aims at becoming, and to some extent has already become, they would not fail to receive the required literary, as well as financial support. In this belief they have not been disappointed. And, as regards the future, they hope that as the usefulDess of the Review comes to be more clearly perceived, and its character as an able and dignified exponent of Catholic principles, in their relations both to the fundamental, unchanging truths of Catholicity, and also to the practical applications of those truths to the momentous questions of the day, comes to be more widely known, both these forms of support will be enlarged.
Of one thing the patrons of the Review may rest assured. That is, that the publisbers and conductors will continue their efforts to obtain as contributors to the pages of the Review the ablest and most eminent writers they can possibly secure. That they have measurably succeeded in this during the first year of the Review's existence is ground not only for encouragement to persevere, but also for expecting a still greater degree of success in the future.
The following extracts are taken from some of the many notices by our contemporaries of the October number of the Review:
[From the Southern Cross, Savannah. ] .... This pumber is more than usually replete with highly interesting articles. , ...
[From the Boston Pilot.] ... The fourth number of the American Catholic Quartesly has been published. From what we have read of it we think it is the most interesting number yet published. ...
[From the Chicago Pilot] .. The October number of this able Quarterly Review is at band and it fully
[From the Irish-American.] confirms the promises held out by the pub.
WITH the October number the American lishers. . . . It merits not only the support of Catholic Quarterly Review closes its first our people, but our separated brethren, who volume, presenting probably the most inte. desire to give a candid hearing to the argu. resting and valuable number yet published. ments advanced in favor of Catholicity, | The success of the first volume of this model would be very much benefitted by perusing publication augurs well for it a glorious its exhaustive articles.
[From the Catholic Visitor. ]
[From the New York Independent.) We have received the American Catholic .... The American Catholic Quarterly Quarterly Review for October, which is filled | Review (published by Hardy & Mahony with good things and replete with interest to Philadelphia), has completed its first yea the reader. Its perusal to any Catholic and has proved to be a worthy successor o would be instructive, as many of its articles Brownson's Quarterly. It is a large periodi treat of subjects intimately connected with cal of 200 pages and the type is large and our holy religion....
clear and pleasant to the eye. As the medium of the best thought of the best minds of the Roman Catholic Church, the Review has an
interest for those outside that great body. (From the Catholic Journal, Pittsburgh.] The articles, while of a sectarian type, are THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC QUARTERLY
always candid and courteous in their refer.
ences to Protestant men and matters.... REVIEW.-The October number of this meritorious and solid Review completes the first volume. We earnestly urge upon our Catholic fellow-citizens, and all our readers,
[From the Lockport Visitor.] the very great claims which the Quarterly .... This number completes the first has upon them for their pecuniary support. year, and, if we may judge from the words
of praise bestowed upon it from all quarters, the past twelve months have demonstrated
that the American Catholic Quarterly Re. [From the Texas Catholic.]
view meets a want in the literary world, and . We are in receipt of the October
that its future is assured. The publishers number of the Review, which fully sustains
| bave evidentiy spared no pains to make the the high character that that most excellent
Review acceptable to the public. In paper, periodical has established among educated
typography and general appearance it is Catholics. It supplies a place long vacant
much superior to any Catholic periodical in the Catholic literature of America, and
which has come under our notice. It dewill be a welcome visitor in every intellec.
serves, and we hope will receive, a generous tual Catholic family in the land. ....
[From the Toronto Globe.] [From the Pittsburgh Catholic. 1
.. The American Catholic Quarterly
Review for October is the fourth issue of an ... These are all excellent articles, and
exceedingly able publication, designed to should be carefully perused by all who can bring before the intelligence of the country appreciate the beautiful and truthful in lite
the views and ideas of the Catholic Church, rature. The present number closes the first or, at least. of leading Catholics in the volume of this much esteemed periodical, and
Church, on the great questions of the day. we trust that the incoming one will meet with
The first number was issued in January last, a more extended patronage than the one just and the one now before us is the closing one brought to a close. ....
for the year. .... Such an able Review as this is must be generally read by intelligent Catholics, and cannot fail to greatly benefit
the Church, as even intense Protestants will [From the Lake Shore Visitor.]
take pleasure in perusing the views on the !'This periodical, undoubtedly among the great questions of the day of candid, earnest most meritorious contributions to American
and educated Catholics. . ... The typograCatholic literature, which the present cen.
phical appearance of the Review is in keeptury has produced, has now completed its ing with its high literary tone. first volume. The current number is already in the hands of subscribers and will be found to contain carefully written, and learned ar
[From the Chicago Post.] ticles on subjects of pressing importance at
. . The American Catholic Quarterly the present time. ....
Raview for October affords a fair representa tion, we presume, of what Catholic scholars
are capable of accomplishing in periodical [From the Catholic Mirror. ]
literature. Typographically the Quarterly is
one of the handsomest publications in thel .... The October number of this Review | country. Its contents, though made up of completes the first volume. Looking back at subjects treated too broadly from a denomic the work already accomplished, we can only national standpoint, are scholarly and inteexpress our wonder and great gratification at resting. They show a depth of research and the excellence of the contributions, charac a force of scholarship that make the work of terized as they are by sound logic, incisive more than ordinary value. There is the best vigor of thought and expression, timeliness of reasons why Catholicism should have a and profound erudition. From the past we quarterly. It has able scholars and an inex augur a brilliant career for this much-needed haustible fund of literary resource, almost Catholic periodical, and we earnestly urge inaccessible to ordinary writers, from which upon Catholics the necessity of a hearty sup to draw. Let all be made available for ani. port. ...
versal information. ....
[From the Montreal True Witness.] [From the Cleveland Catholic Universe.] .... When the prospectus was issued an NUMBER four of this new Catholic periodi. nouncing the intention of publishing the Re cal is issued, and the number more than review, knowing the literary ability of the con deems the promises made by its publishers, tributors, we had no hesitatian in recom- and more than realizes the expectations and mending persons to become subscribers. hopes indulged in by those Catholic AmeriNow that by the unanimous verdict of the cans who desired to see Catholic intellect press it holds a high position among the best have an opportunity to make itself felt in periodicals in the land ; with greater confi. the periodical literature of the day in this dence we recommend it to such Catholics, country, and to have this intellect utilized whether lay or clerical, who have not as yet for the benefit of the American people. All become subscribers. It has won this high po this is well done by means of this American sition by its calm, dignified and scholarly Catholic Quarterly Review, which has almanner of discussing subjects. It is needless | ready taken by its merits an enviable posito remind our readers how necessary a peri tion among the periodicals of the day..... odical of this kind is, to explain and defend We are in receipt of the October number truth and to refute the sophistries of error. of the American Catholic Quarterly Review, The necessity being admitted, it is the duty the last number of the first volume. ... This of all who have the welfare of religion and is an excellent periodical, and its present society at heart, to support it by large sub- | number increases its former high reputation. scriptions.
[From the Catholic Telegraph.] [From the Cleveland Herald.]
... A periodical of this kind cannot be “The October number of the American Ca- reviewed; all we can do is to notice it and tholic Quarterly Review is the fourth since most earnestly recommend our readers to its commencement and completes the first subscribe for it. It would be a crying shame volume. In these four pumbers it has amply should the Review be discontinued for the vindicated its right to existence......... lack of support. It cannot be gainsaid that The articles have been scholarly, and the "American Catholic Review" and the generally treated the subjects with great "Catholic World” places the Catholics of the breadth of view. The interest in these arti: United States second to none in periodical cles is by no means confined to members of literature of the highest order. Let us hold the Roman Catholic Communion. Indeed our own, at least, in this one thing. If, in we question whether Protestants of liberall our apathy, we are not superior or even views will not find as much to interest them equal to all denominations in other departin the pages of the Catholic Quarterly as will ments, let us be thankful to those editors and the most devoted Catholic. It is of import writers who vindicate the honor of the ance sometimes to get the Roman Catholic Church, and assert her rights at the sacrifice side of a disputed question, and in such cases of many comforts. it is satisfactory to get the best presentation The Review may be considered as a succesof that side. Such as can generally be de sor to the deeply lamented Brownson's late pended on will be found in the pages of this Quarterly. The Doctor himself took a properiodical.
minent part in its inauguration. It has the sanction of that great man. It may be con
sidered as a legacy of his loving heart and (From the Toronto Tribune.]
ardent soul to his companions in the Faith
and to his countrymen, to the nation he ad.... The Centennial year in the United mired so highly, served so faithfully, and States, so pregnant with great events, loved so ardently. Nor can it be denied that has been rendered memorable to the lite. so far the American Catholic Onarterly has rary world by the establishment of the proved itself superior to the defunct BrownAmerican Catholic Quarterly Review. It son's Quarterly. Nor can it be otherwise, is one of those events whose far reach- | considering the talent that has been suming influence for good embraces both moned to contribute to its pages. Let every the present and the future; for the impress priest subscribe to it, and every layman who which such a publication leaves upon the can, do the same. In fact we do not see how minds of men to day will ripen into golden any Catholic layman of culture can well fruit and be reproduced in rich and varied forego the pleasure and the necessity of abundance by generations of men yet un- / reading it. As for our clegy, we would leap born. A Truth once uttered, like a ray of over the limits of our duty were we to give light, bounds ever onward and in its course | the reasons why we say that they must sup. sheds its radience to dispel the clouds of port it. error which Heresy throws around the path We have said it is impossible to review this way of Science and over the citadel of Re- Review, unless we undertook to write a vok: ligion.
ume three times the length of the original We congratulate the publishers, Messrs. matter-a work surely nostris non æquam Hardy & Mahony, of Philadelphia, on the viribus. success which has attended their efforts to ! But it is a source of painful reflections to
lv a magazine which has no superior in find the motives of some of the contributors the English language, and we wish them misinterpreted. A semi religious paper has a measure of prosperity commensurate with had the bad taste-to use the mildest terms their public spirited enterprise. ....
-to qualify the concluding remarks of Very Rev. E. Jacker's article on the “Catholic In- , is fearful in its vividness and unmistakable dians in Micbigan and Wisconsin,” as mali in its coloring. We wish it might be seen by cious. We shall not enter into a defence of those whom it represents, and serve as God's the article in question. The writer is very messenger to bring them back to faith and well able to take care of himself, although happiness. the best reply we can make, in our opinion, "What the Popes have done for the Science is to let facts speak for themselves. For there of Geography,” by John Gilmary Shea, is are others who are well acquainted with the exceedingly interesting and valuable, and, history of what has been done, and what has we have no doubt, will be largely quoted by not been done, and what should have been our Catholic press, so as to bring its excel. done for the poor Catholic Indians. This lent lessons before the minds of many class of gentlemen need not draw their con readers. elusions from the inspiration of any young The third article is by Rev. H. Formby, knight of the quill, who hopes by running a and is an able exposition of Father The tilt in a barnyard to curry some favor.
baud's work on Gentilism. Those who read While we are penning these lines, the Very the review will we hope, be induced to proRev. Edward Jacker, although unfit for work cure the book itself, but in the meantime from illness and exbausted physical powers, Father Formby's thoughtful article is in has yielded to the pressing invitations itself a rare treat--"Gentilism" being the of his brother priests, who, not knowing inexpressibly rich mine in which lie untold the several admixtures of the various treasures. Father Formby is one of the Indian dialects, are unable to do what they patient delvers to bring these treasures up would be prompted to do by their honest to sight; and, as we take them one by one zeal and love of their spiritual children. from his hand, we are able to form a just He is laboring night and day, catechising, appreciation of the value of the whole. lecturing, bearing contessions, far away "A Plan for the Proposed Catholic Unifrom his home in a pure labor of love. Lit versity,” by Bishop Becker, is an article so tle will he care for such aspersions from ob. full of activity, of sound' views, of noble scure-we almost said mysterious sources ambition for the youth of our country, that (for is there not something mysterious in we are sure his zeal and learning will get see attacks of this kind ?), strong in and well the commencement of that higher education assured by the gratitude and approval of which he so much desires, and in which priests and prelates. It is lamentable that cause every impartial mind must sympathize. his endeavors should bave been deemed The other articles are of the very highest worthy only of a slur, and what he has ut. interest to man, conveying solid information tered as the honest conviction of a mind, to the reader, and relating in almost every supported by many years of missionary ex. case to some noble work of eharity or huperience, such as none but himself could manity. have had, should be qualified as either an Rev. Edward Jacker's article, for instance, accidental or malicious ignorance of facts. on “Who is to Blame for the Little Big Horn The language is both outrageous and silly, | Disaster ?” is an apostle's earnest cry for hence difficult to qualify. But, after all, is laborers in one of the most neglected parts it not an instance of history repeating itself? | of the Lord's vineyard, and those who read Just so, many centuries ago, the good deeds his earnest article will surely feel like doing of the Master were attributed to the malice something, no matter what it be, to forward of Beelzebub.
the interests, spiritual above all, of our Indian brothers. Mr. McMaster has lately
sounded his clarion notes in behalf of this [From the N. 0. Morning Star.)
same race, and we know of nothing so ap
propriate to be studied together as Father "The fourth number of this sterling Review Jacker's learned paper and the Freeman's has reached us in good season, and is freight practical suggestions on this subject. ed as usual with scholarly articles, replete We are also particularly pleased with the with important considerations.
"Book Reviews” in this number, uniting Father Theband's article on “The Church | so much erudition with so much courtesy, so and the People,” owing to the limited space much good sense with so much charity, that allotted him, is not exhaustive of its subject, we recognize the modesty belonging to genius but is so suggestive in its management that and the gentleness of the true Christian the reader is furnished with uplimited food scholar. for reflection. The fine irony which gleams, lo our opinion, this American Catholic at times, in all his writings, is not absent Review has a grand mission before it, one from this magnificent essay; but the ques. peculiarly appropriate to this second Cententions discussed are in themselves too grave pial of American freedom; for, under Provi. and important to admit of any but the most dence, it may so eplighten the minds of our serious elaboration.
people, both in and out of the faith, that There is an indescribable charm about this while the ones cling closer to the unchangewriter's style; he leads the mind irresistibly | able Mother Church, the others may yearn
ong his train of thought and unfolds his for her maternal consolation, and find therein meaning unequivocally before you. Every their true happiness and greatness. word bright and incisive as the electric But when America is Catholic, then only needle, writes out its startling message in will we fully appreciate the incalculable good language not to be misunderstood by any | done in their turn by such writers as those man of mind.
that form the American Catholie Quarterly The picture drawn of the French "people"