Page 5, 14th February 1964

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Nature and birth control

SIR.— With reference to Mr. Moss's letter, there is no question or confusing natural law and the law of nature. By natural law 1 simply mean those principles by which man must live if his acts are to be human. The principles are projected through a process in which reason. scriptural study, the Church's teaching role, experience, cultural environment, and the example of Christ and the most sensitive human beings synthesise.

The laws of nature. op the other hand, are commonly believed to have been involved in the cataclysm we know as the effects of original sin. They can operate in a perverted and disorderly way, and, though man's supremacy over the laws of nature took a bad knock with the Fall, he still can control and correct them up to a point. Thus he is told to subdue the earth. There is nothing disorderly in the normal workings of the menstrual cycle. That it should go through an infertile phase is plainly part of the divine design. That is what I meant by saying that "nature" is entitled to inhibit procreation. If the cycle operates in a disorderly way, the woman is entitled to correct it, and the pill may therefore be used as a means of regularising the cycle. But men and women may not artificially inhibit procreation because they can do so only in a way that takes the significance, the spiritual content and thus the humanity out of the marital embrace.

In the mind of the Church the inner significance and dynamism

Roman quality

Sir,—Although living in Rome, as an English Catholic, I should like to add my small voice to those expressing the uneasiness and sorrow they feel over the existing danger to the Church's Romanity connected with exaggerated or erroneous trends in ecumenism.

St. Ambrose's "Where Peter is, there is the Church", is never lost sight of. But what of the "As you are Christians, so you are Romans", of St. Patrick?

Robin Anderson Villa San Francesco, Rome,

of the matital embrace is that the total surrender of bodies expresses the total surrender of persons one to another. if, at the time of the act, the body is crippled or maimed by sterilisation or contraceptives, then the symbol of the personal self-surrender is destroyed and the act becomes a lie.

The act of love resembles an act of sacrifice, and a perfect sacrifice must have not only the correct inner intention but an outward expression which is worthy of the occasion. In the act of love, nothing less than one's whole body, as perfect and unblemished as possible, will do.

Hugh Kay London, W.8.

Rat race

Sir,—The Master of Marlborough, writing in the Daily Telegraph, has stated that about one quarter of childree attending a Public School is likely to be of a standard otherwise suitable for a Secondary Modern School.

Presuming that this is true of similar Catholic Independent schools (boys and girls) I would be interested to hear from other parents how this group fare.

I have found that in most cases the whole school is pushed to "Grammar Standard". and heaven help this type of child.

One reason for sending the slower child to an "Independent School" is in the hope that they will receive some individual attention which is not possible in the .larger classes of a "Secondary Modern School".

What will be the effect in later years on children pushed beyond their capabilities?

Worried Parent

Naming a diocese

Sir, — Bermondsey or Streatham? Make it Elephant c'e. Castle! Beverly was changed because it was divided into Leeds and Middlesbrough: and Newport when other diocesan territories were changed.

(Miss) Myfanwy R. Stone. Bexhill.




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