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of 10 per cent. over and above its market price. This should certainly be abolished.
Powers for Parish Councils.--Parish councils, which are now elected to sit for three years, and are therefore more stable and responsible bodies than in earlier years, have been given power, under the Amendment Act of 1900, to complain to the county council if the rural district council neglect to build cottages. One step further ought to be taken, and the parish council empowered to build for itself. When the county council can build, and the district council can build, why should the parish council alone be left impotent ?
Restraint on Rural District Councils. - The Act of 1900, which repealed the complicated regulations in the principal Act affecting rural districts, re-enacted the provision requiring the consent of the county council for the adoption of Part III. Experience has shown that the difficulties of building under the Act are so great that heedless or needless action is nowhere in the least probable. The county council check on rural district council impetuosity might surely be abolished.
Municipal Ownership.--The local authority which has acquired and cleared areas under Parts I. and II. may not itself build thereon without express permission from the Local Government Board ; and if it does erect houses, it is compelled to sell them within ten years unless it obtains power from the Local Government Board to retain them. The above does not apply to Part III. These objectionable and antiquated provisions should be repealed.
NOTE.—The Secretary will be glad to answer, to the best of his ability, any questions relating to the Act.
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THE WORKMEN'S NATIONAL HOUSING COUNCIL.--President, W. C. Steadman, M.P.; General Secretary, Fred Knee, 120 Sugden Road, Clapham Common, S.W. This society publishes a penny monthly entitled The Housing Journal, and has hitherto mainly exerted its influence in London.
THE NATIONAL HOUSING REFORM COUNCIL.-Secretary, H. R. Aldridge, 432 West Strand, London, W.C. This body has been promoted by the Land Nationalization Society, and has devoted itself chiefly to the provinces, where it has held numerous conferences and established local associations.
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An Address delivered by DR. JOHN CLIFFORD at the Annual Meeting
of the Christian Socialist League, at Westbourne Park Chapel, February, 1895.
ONE of the objections frequently brought against the application or the principles of Socialism to our industrial life is that such a process is opposed to the teaching and spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christianity, it is said, moves in a higher realm than that of humdrum toil, and operates for far higher purposes than those of settling the disputes of capital and labor, adjusting profit and loss, organizing production and distribution, fighting a dangerous plutocracy, and mediating peace between the masses of wageearners and a narrowing number of wage-payers. It does not "preach a gospel of material blessedness." It ministers to a mind diseased by sin, banishes remorse, and prepares for death and eternity. It is not concerned with this fleeting life ; so brief that" it is like a dewdrop on its perilous way from a tree's summit"; but with the infinite development of the human spirit through the eternity, and in the home, of God. In support of this eclipse of the life of the present by the stupendous and transcendent greatness of the life of the future revealed in Christianity, the saying of Jesus is quoted. “Work not for the meat that perisheth, but for the meat which abideth unto eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you : for Him the Father, even God, hath sealed.”
Hence, many Christians look with misgiving on Churches that venture to study the politico-economical conditions of the life of the people around them, touch with the tips of their fingers the problems for the abolition of poverty, and seek the up-lifting of the wage-earning classes by juster and healthier modes than those of spasmodic charity and unlimited soup. They denounce ministers who hold and teach that the laws of God run everywhere, even into wages and prices, into houses of toil and the sanitary conditions of factories and drapery establishments; and generally reason that the capacity of the mind for the hospitable entertainment of ideas
so sadly limited that no preacher can be faithful to Christ's message concerning sin and redemption, and at the same time agitate for a "fair living wage," or toil for the reorganization of the industrial life of the country on bases of justice and brotherhood.
Is Socialism Christian? Professor Flint, a man of vast learning and great ability, has said in one of the largest and least discriminating and most unsatisfactory books I have read on Socialism : " What is called Christian Socialism will always be found either to be unchristian in so far as it is socialistic or unsocialistic in so far as it is truly and fully Christian again, "so far as Socialism confines itself to proposals of an exclusively economic and political character, Christianity has no direct concern with it. A Christian may, of course, criticise and disapprove of them ; but it cannot be on Christian grounds ; it must be merely on economic and political grounds. Whether land is to be owned by few or many, by every one or only by the State ; whether industry is be entirely under the direction of government, or conducted by co-operative associations, or left to private enterprise ; whether labor is to be remunerated by wages or out of profits; whether wealth is to be equally or unequally distributed, are not in themselves questions of moment to the Christian life, or indeed questions to which Christianity has any answer to give.”+ To me that is flat Paganism, and as anti-Christian as it is mislead. ing and delusive.
A still more potent voice speaking from the pontifical chair, Leo. XIII., on what are called "socialistic aberrations," asserts their essential antagonism to the Christian Church ; and the Right Rev. Abbot Snow, O.S.B., goes as far to say: “ Socialists are led to abolish religion in order to get rid of its ministers. They (the ministers) are of the governing class, and let them disappear with the rest. Thus the process of general levelling and the abolition of independent authority leads to the negation of religion and formal worship of God, and makes Socialism tend to Atheism."'I
It cannot be doubted that these citations tend to the widespread feeling on the part of many leisured and comfortably placed Christians, who have had not only the “promise of the life that now is," but, what is much more, the splendid fulfilment of the promise : that a League like our Christian Socialist League has amongst its first duties to give an account of itself before the tribunal of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Social Question, II.-In doing this let me first of all fully recognize that these objecting Christians and Churches allow that the Christianity of Christ Jesus is not averse to the denunciation of the wrongs of modern society and the exposure of the miseries of our present condition. Indeed, it is eagerly maintained that Christ condemns every manifestation of individual selfishness, backs every earnest crusader against personal covetousness and greed, and justifies the strongest language we can use against the abuses of individual
• Socialism. By Professor Robert Flint ; p. 441.
The Catholic Times, August 10, 1894.