CARDINAL HUME this week defended what he called the "holy extravagence" of many Church building appeals, such as those for Canterbury and Westminster Cathedrals.
In a radio interview for London Broadcasting Cornpany's Sunday Supplement, Cardinal Hume said it was important that the buildings were preserved so that the worship of God could be conducted in surroundings of great beauty and dignity.
Cardinal Hume also said that he was worried by divisions within the Christian Churches since Christians should be giving an example of unity and love for each other.
The churches had always fallen short of this ideal "which only goes to show that though the Church is of divine institution, though it is a Godgiven thing, nevertheless it is made up of very, very human beings," he said.
"The image of the Church for me is much more a hospital where everybody is sick, and if the bishop is the matron, he is sick too."
The Cardinal, who was for many years himself a teacher at Ampleforth, said that the most important part of preparing young people for life was to give them a sense of their importance.
"Everyone we meet is always in some respect our superior, and this applies to young people as well," he said. Consequently "the whole art of education is to make them believe in themselves and have a sense of self-respect."
Moving from the young to the old, the Cardinal spoke of the tremendous contribution that the aged and lonely made to society by their patience and prayers.