Page 11, 22nd September 2006

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On the fence

From Mr John Paton SIR — Having read Peter Mullen's interesting article (Charterhouse Chronicle, September 8)1 am at a loss to understand his religious position. He says: "I don't really see any obstacle to my asking to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. There is nothing in its dogma that I disagree with." So why on earth does he not become a Catholic?

Surely once we perceive the truth we should, in conscience, act on that perception as, for example, did Cardinal Newman. Furthermore, converts today need not fear the disapprobation often suffered by their forebears.

Both my parents were Anglicans who became Catholics in the 1920s, at a time when there was considerable prejudice against the Church. 1 shall never forget, as a little boy of seven, experiencing the palpable disapproval and barely concealed contempt of my grandparents for our religion. In those days many converts suffered thus for their faith. But sadly my mother, in her old age and at a time when indifferentism was rife in the post-Vatican II Church, wondered whether it had all been worthwhile.

All this offers a contrast to Peter Mullen's position, and is hardly flattering to him as he sits, I suspect uncomfortably, on his fence.

Yours faithfully, JOHN PATON St Albans, Herts

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