Page 7, 21st June 2002

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Page 7, 21st June 2002 — Catholicism is not always countercultural

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Catholicism is not always countercultural

From Mrs Theresa Conlon Sir, I was unsettled by some of the strident comments of Fiorella Sultana de Maria (Personal View, June 7). I accept that the article is a specific response to the suggestions of accepting "British norms" as a requirement for entry into Britain. However, her remark that "to be a Catholic in modern Britain is to be a rebel, a seditious outsider who stubbornly refuses to accept the status quo" grates. Perhaps she should be more aware of the large number of people who respond to their calling as baptised Christians in quieter ways.

As Cardinal Hume said: "The value of the Christian's contribution to society by teaching, proclaiming and witnessing to the truth is of immense importance." He continued: "The Christian makes the most effective contribution by humbly initiating dialogue with others." His example of proclaiming the Good News, while very much at the heart of contemporary English culture, is one that I feel more naturally drawn to than the tone of Fiorella's article.

Yours faithfully THERESA CONLON Reading, Berks

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