A selection of Readers'
letters to The Editor
Sir,—May I comment on your "Comment" on the Catholic Housing Aid Society? (July 30).
I. Our interest in schools is out of all proportion to our interest in homes (speaking purely materialistically). This emphasis on schools has affected our attitudes to all other charitable necessities.
2. It is time we did something about housing. A National Appeal, supported by a "Housing Sunday" with collections in all our churches, should arouse the necessary interest in this most important cause.
We seem to think that "planned giving" in our parishes is the answer to everything. "Planned giving and Schools" seems to be the total thought and knowledge of the average Catholic on material and social ideas.
Parish councils, as your correspondents show, have some ideas— but what are they and similar parochial bodies doing about housing?
We must get a broader outlook on social matters and housing must he our first priority. The family is the basic unit of society: let us show the country we really believe and act on this.
Congratulations—keep it up!
Aid. A. H. W. Kimberlin, 0.B.E., Lord Mayor Leicester.
Sir,—There seemed to be a slight air of triumphalism in your last issue over the fact that 45 readers Of the CATHOLIC HERALD had given more than £3,000 to the Catholic Housing Aid Society. To me it made sad reading.
The sad thing was that out of thousands of readers only a few responded to a real Christian challenge. What better kind of ecumenism than to help everybody —regardless of creed or pigment —to live in homes without fear of the sort of threats and dangers that Fr. Casey outlined.
Granted, there are too many appeals in Catholicism. There are too many "charities". But what are more important than the basics— food, clothing, and a place to live? Keeping these essentials in mind could not the bishops, religious orders, lay organisations and individual Catholics, in short the people of God, concentrate on priorities.
Britain has neglected its homeless while doing much to ensure the relief of ill-health and poverty. By concentrating on priorities Catholics would ensure that work such as Fr. Casey's gets the aid it needs. There must be more than 45 people reading your paper.
J. L. P. Meyers, London, E.C.4.