Although it has a couple of telling points — the sports car that is hard to get and the life of service and dedication offered by industry — I do not consider Mr St John-Stevas's article of November 5 on the proposition that the purpose of education is toserve industry, to be an entirely successful piece of satire.
It leaves one with the feeling that he might just possibly have meant it to be taken literally.
We know that Mr St John-Staves is keen on religious education, grammar schools, and special education for gifted children, He might have given his article more bite if he had explored ways in which these interests could be put to the service of industry.
Take RE as an example. Morning assemblies in schools could be on the lines of those held in Japanese factories, where each morning the workers hymn their love for the firms that employ them; and there could be singing about dark angelic mills! Where gifted children are concerned, there is no problem if the gift happens to be for science. Of course, there would be no
Bishop Richard Challoner
The inscription on Bishop
Richard Challoner's tomb in Westminster Cathedral gives just the dates of his birth and death, but the bicentenary of his death will be kept within five years.
Within his life-time people were losing heart at the prospects of our Faith's recovery, and he would seem to be a good patron in these tir ies. I write to ask whether there is any interest in furthering his memory by un increase in devotion which could lead to his canonisation,
(Fr) B. C. Scantiebury Holy -Ghost Presbytery,
Sherburne Road, Basingstoke, liampsh ire.
Queries of wording
I think there is an error in the wording of the present Liturgy of the Mass which daily seems to me to be ever more apparent. It comes, too, at the most sacred moment when we proclaim the mystery of faith immediately after the Consecration.
In the proclamation most widely used we say: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again," He is with us at this supreme moment in body and blood, soul and divinity. We should therefore proclaim with joy what we really believe — "Christ is here," or "Christ is truly present" — instead of "Christ will come again." The last words are vital in the proclamation what has been put into erect by his dying and rising. It looks in the present wording as if we were almost denying his presence by our omission in proclaiming it and putting our faith in a future corning. The wording in the last line in the other three proclamations is also unfitting and far short of the reality — the miracle of the Consecration.
(Miss) Mary O'Hardon
47 M amens Street, Chelsea, London, SW10.
Quite a thought-provoking question was posed by P. V. DaltonBrown (October 8); "Don't we mean what we say?" If put the other way round it is: "Don't we believe what we hear?" and related to the matter of forgiveness of sins. When we commit sin, we know that we are forgiven immediately we express our sorrow. When we attend Mass, we hear the celebrant say the words "May Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you your sins and bring you to everlasting life".
And yet such is our Catholic upbringing that whereas when the same words are uttered by the priest in the confessional we know without doubt that our sins are forgiven, we seem to lack that confidence in the other two instances. Where does the fault lie?
Maurice Mahoney 15 Buckingham Street,
In order to correct the impression made by Mr M. B. Sullivan in his letter of October 8 about the befriending of ex-enemy prisoners of war, may I inform your readers that the Prisoners of War Assistance Society, which did much work in this field, was Catholicinspired, had a proportionately large number of Catholics on its committee, and was given great help and publicity by no less an organ than the Catholic Herald. This little group was also
honoured with the personal blessing of Pope Pius XII for its WOfk among prisoners of war in the cause of peace and reconciliation.
(Mil) Mary B. Hunt
123 Lingfield Road, East GI-instead, Sussex. place for those inclined to sit in orchards letting apples fall on their heads, but put to the service of industry, they could valuably be used in such projects as the concocting of new and exciting chemical combinations for flavouring crunchy swizzle munchies, which could profitably be exported to those parts of the world where there is a shortage of real food but plenty of uranium.
The composers, poets, and painters among the gifted could, naturally, be trained for use in the advertising industry, and gifted dancers could be sold to the Bolshoi in exchange for machine tools.. The main problem in putting the grammar school to the servide of industry completely is Latin. To abolish the teaching of Latin would be to destroy the true nature of the grammar school, yet the contribution that Latin can make to industry. must, surely, be limited.
Mr F. Howard's comedy "Up Pompeii" might be filmed in Latin, with multilingual sub-titles, for the export market, but I doubt whether this would add greatly to the GNP, Joyce Kohn Goplana, Altwood Close, Maidenhead, Berkshire
NATO or dead
Your correspondent J. J. O'Connor argues (October 8) on the basis of a recent CND television fim, that there is no adequate defence, because without recourse to strategic nuclear weapons we are bound to be beaten, and in bringing such weapons into play we are bound to commit suicide.
He has put the cart (defensive war) before the horse (deterrence). The basis of NATO's strategic concept of flexible response is deterrence. If it fails, NATO has the means to counter military aggression of any kind, but this does not imply swift escalation into strategic nuclear warfare, if at all.
Indeed, the maintenance of a well-balanced mixture of conventional, tactical nuclear and strategic nuclear forces is both central to the strategic concept and supports deterrence at three levels rather than merely one.
For over 25 years, NATO has kept the level of confrontation in Europe below outright violence. Deterrence has worked because it has been credible. If it is to remain so, potential aggressors must be convinced of NATO's resolve and capability at all possible levels of confrontation. That conviction will not be enhanced by unilateral nuclear disarmament: indeed, it could well be much weakened. Surely, deterrence is preferable to death?
Michael Ward 103 Shelvers Way,
I have only just seen Alex Cosgrave's account of October 1, of Archbishop Worlock's plans for the reorganisation of the Catholic Church in Skelmilee i g rsdaaliee.
with most of what she writes (except that she has got her geography wrong by putting Skelmersdale on the wrong side of Liverpool), I am perturbed by the publicity she jives to the opinion of a local priest that worship at the Ecumenical Centre represents the "lowest common denominator" of the Faiths of the four Churches which share it.
This statement is completely untrue. Had I the space, I could describe in detail the ways in which our experience of worship has been widened through sharing the richness of each other's traditions, and how we have been able to break completely new ground in some aspects of ecumenical worship which have now been taken up and copied in other
places. Unfortunately, however, I cannot recall a single occasion when a local Catholic priest has been present at our worship, and the remark Alex Cosgrave quotes was accordingly made not out of knowledge of the situation but out of a lamentable ignorance.
(Rev) Robert Andrews Executive Officer, Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre, Firbeck,
What a remarkable comparison we had at the Bradford Anti. Abortion Rally: Cyril Smith, MP, who spoke humbly but eloquently as a Christian and Kevin Mcnamara, MP who spoke as a "Roman Catholic Socialist" and had the effrontery to address the gathering as "Comrades".
I wonder if he would be prepared to tell us how many of his friends in
the Tribune Group or the "Footites" are Humanists.
W. J. Kelly
258 Padgate Lane, Warrington, Cheshire,