Page 5, 18th September 1964

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Page 5, 18th September 1964 — Charity in debate

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Charity in debate

E. I. Watkin says in reply to Mr. Evelyn Waugh: To refuse utterance to views we may personally dislike is the way of slavery and totalitarian dictatorship, not of the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free." May I point out to those who come down on Mr. Waugh (with whose views I do not on the whole agree) like.a ton of bricks that this is true cm all sides.

I am appalled by SOthe " " and " progressives'" betrayal of their own principles; the bullying tone adopted both personally and in the press towards those fellow human beings and brethren in the household of the faith who are hurt or anxious, and therefore sometimes intemperate.

Your own concluding sentence, sir, in your second leader of August 21, "Those who resist the aggiornamento, it seems to us, are unconsciously fighting God," even with its saving phrase, seems to me dangerously near spiritual blackmail of just the kind reformers themselve,s object to—go to Mass on Sundays not because you love God or understand something of what the Mass is about but because it is a mortal sin not to. the voice of authority is the voice of the Almighty.

And what are we to say of certain modern German bishops who publicly used the term "almost heretical:" of conceptions of the Church held by some Catholics?

Is not this the kind of attitude and terminology that we are trying to get away from? What is the use of complaining about the tone in which Faith of Our Fathers is sometimes sung if we do not realise that we have to win people to preferring that snore than adequate, that great alternative declaration of faith, Firm/y / Believe and Truly. To force it, and other things, on people with threats is as stupid as it is immoral.

Some of us are fast getting to the stage when we are ecumenical-minded—that is to say. having sympathetic understanding through respect, and one day if we are ever good enough Christians through late— towards all Churches, religions and peoples of the world except certain groups of Our fellow Catholics,

Catherine Rachel John. Ludgvan, Penzance.

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