Yours faithfully, RICHARD LEWIS Windsor, Berkshire.
From Mrs Josephine Way
Sir, I must take issue with you over the assumption that it is present-day culture which causes "even faithful and obedient Catholics" to feel "confusion and ambivalence", and not the intransigence of the Vatican. (Leading article, 27th November).
The movement "We Are Church" was allowed to state a point of view. but, if our experience after the 1980 Liverpool Pastoral Congress is anything to go by, Rome does not choose to hear what is being said. It is in the nature of things for those in authority to resist any movement for change, but can they really fail to see that Church teaching is generally perceived to be at variance with our developed understanding of human sexuality; that intelligent, altruistic young men no longer consider the priesthood an appropriate
sphere in which to serve God and their fellow men and women?
Pope John XXIII was a glorious, and, sadly, unique exception to the general rule in that he not only headed the signs of the times, but was prepared to listen to what the spirit was saying through all the members of the Church and not just the hierarchy.
Yours faithfully, JOSEPHINE WAY Skelly. Swansea.
From Mr Charles Vass Sir, I totally disagree with John Gummer when he implies that Geoffrey Robinson's five minute apology to the Commons was sufficient to exonerate him from his financial misdemeanours.
It seems quite outrageous that the multi-millionaire PMG — and others like him — should avoid paying the appropriate progressive tax, when the poor — on income support — pay very high marginal rates of tax (often as high as 97p in the pounith when they move from benefit to work. this is a clear-cut moral issue and should be rectified forthwith.
Of course Mr Robinson may have different moral standards from us Christians but Mr Gummer should know better.
Yours sincerely, CHARLES VASS Aberdeen.
The Hindley Creed
From the Earl of Longford Sir, I am so glad that you put Myra Hindley's Credo on the front page of the paper last week.
I would be sorry, however, if anyone thought that I converted her to Catholicism. She was baptised a Catholic. She lapsed during the tragic years.
When I met her first two years after the terrible crimes she was once again devoutly practising and so she has remained ever since.
Yours faithfully, LONGFORD House of Lords