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THE CATHOLIC CONGRESS AT MALINES.

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THE CATHOLIC CONGRESS AT MALINES. A letter from Malines of the 1st gives the following details respecting the third sitting of the Catholic Congress held on that day:â" The great event of this sitting was the speech of the Bishop of Orleans, who treated the question of popular education with more than his wonted eloquence, and held his 4,000 hearers captive for full three hours. He discussed the ques- tion in all its bearings, and adduced arguments to refute the attacks directed against the education im- parted by religious bodies. The reverend prelate was frequently interrupted by the applause of the audience, and was saluted with enthusiastic cheering when he sat down. The fifth section has been occupied in dis- cussing the best means of creating a healthy public opinion in a Catholic sense. M. Digard, an advocate of the Paris bar, proposed the establishment of three international journals-one of them political, another purely religious, and a third satirical, a kind of Punch or Charivari, but devoted to Catholic interests. M. Di. gard's motion was supported by M. H. Lasserre and M. Dechamps, but the section did not think proper to esta- blish new international journals, and contented itself with recommending the journals published in Brussels to assume an international character by devoting their columns less exclusively to the affairs of Belgium. The Abbe Huybrechts insisted on the necessity of moralising the popular songs, which he thought could not fail to have a beneficial result. The section of fine arts came to the conclusion that it was not advisable strictly to forbid to artists the study of the naked figures of ancient art, and the section of Christian economy adopted a resolution entreating manufactu- rers, in the name of the Gospel and of their own interests, not to allow women and children to be over- Ir worked in their establishments. In the section of the central committee a general resolution was proposed, energetically repelling the accusation that the Catholics are anxious to re-establish, for the benefit of the reli- gious orders, either mortmain or any other system derogating from the common law; but it was rejected after a long debate. Another resolution in the same sense, but limited to Belgium, was carried. It would appear from these votes that the section considers the privilege of mortmain worth retaining wherever the laws allow it, but that it must be dispensed with in countries where it is forbidden."

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