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Finding hope in a nation haunted by despair

Frrnn Professor David Jowitt Sir, In what seems to be her gentle way, Mary Kenny (August 29) firmly rebukes the notion that the Catholic Church is a "busted flush".

When I read the article that appeared above hers about the "Belles of Faliraki", I could not help feeling that if there is any busted flush it is Britain, and perhaps contemporary Western secular society in general.

I work in Nigeria, where, despite the well-known problems of development, there is a general courtesy in public dealings that we have lost in Britain; drunks are rarely to be seen in the streets, and at the same time the churches are overflowing and young people pray.

But perhaps there is hope for Britain. I bought my copy of your newspaper a few days ago when I attended Mass at Westminster Cathedral, and who would not have hope, and a profound sense of the divine reality, in the presence of that huge crowd of worshippers of different ages and races, under those lighted chandeliers, those dark walls, that thundering organ, and that gigantic crucifix?

Yours faithfully, DAVID JOWITF London N22




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