SIR, While dissociating myself from any connection with the Marriage Guidance Council, I think that a few facts about the Catholic Advisory Clinic for Women in Edinburgh might be of interest to your readers.
The Clinic was opened in 1933 at the wish of the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. It was established to combat the pernicious teaching on birth control prevalent in the various clinics of the City. It endeavours to put before our Catholic mothers the reason for the Catholic teaching on this subject, and the moral and physical dangers of birth control. The work is all voluntary.
The fact that the numbers visiting the clinic have risen from 291 in 1933 to 933 during the current year speaks for itself. Many matters which trouble our Catholic mothers lie outside the scope of the confessional. These are dealt with by a married woman. If beyond her ability or power they are referred to a Catholic doctor, Matters of conscience of course are referred back to a priest.
DOROTHY E. BARRY (Hon. Sec., Advisory Clinic for Women).
6, India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, 1.