Dom Hubert Van Zeller
, another Downside monk, wrote of him: 'For the same of some months each summer Cardinal Gasquet came back to his
monastery, where he
took up not so much residence but his
position.It was not, of course, a position of authority but rather one of avuncular patronage, interest and sometimes concern.Having laid down the reins of long ago he
still liked the feel of his
foot in the stirrup once a year - a single foot with its prelate's buckle - but whether he
liked what he
saw across the saddle-back is doubtful . . . though the Gasquet smile could work wonders in making people feel at ease, there were days when thunder hung behind those black concentrating brows'.
Cardinal Arthur Hinsley (1865-1943) was described by the Daily Mail as 'the best loved cardinal England has ever had'.Nicknamed 'Bocca' by his
friends, because of his
love of local bookshops, he
took particular delight as a young priest in studying the works of St Thomas Aquinas
.In 1917 he was appointed Rector of the English College in Rome, at that time 'a down-at-heels college, with a great past, an unworthy present and a problematic future'.