STR,—With all due respect to the outraged feelings of your correspondent, R. M. Clark, I hope it may be some consolation to him to learn that many years ago the Pharisees shared his views, and In this connection would refer him to the attitude extended by the Divine Master to the " sinner," Mary Magdalene —and the pious (sic) indignation expressed by the hypocritical onlookers.
Mr Clark must realise that the present action of the Government is not in itself a condonation of immorality, but rather a well considered plan to assist those whose position—irregular, no doubt, but probably unsought—precludes help by these causes from other and perhaps legitimate directions. One feels, therefore, that such action (generous and broadminded) is worthy indeed of the highest commendation; most certainly and by no means condemnation, and that this view is most probably shared by the Catholic Press (and, dare I say it, the Church, too), would seemingly account for the lack of severe criticism of which Mr Clark complains, and apparently anticipates. May I sincerely venture to remind him that we live in strange times, and if exigency rules circumstances beyond the control of either Church or State, let us thank God very humbly, nevertheless, that we also live in kindly and tolerant days, and that, as a consequence, mercy and justice are meted out to all—sinner and saint
WILLIAM R. WOM.LARD.
126, Mitcham Lane, Streatham, S.W.16.
MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD
SIR,—The hosts of Irish Catholics to whom the memory of their beloved friend, Mrs Despard, must always be very dear, will be pained when they may bear of the dubious panegyric from Mr Anstruther in this week's CATHOLIC HERALD.
Our own papers inform us of the Catholic atmosphere of Mrs Despard's death in the North, the accompanying of her honoured remains to Dublin by Northern priests, the lying-in-state at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Requiem Mass there and the Catholic interment at Glasnevin. These facts promptly and sufficiently answer Mr Anstruther's hurtful suggestions teed Mrs Despard's faith after conversion did not hold and that her Catholic allegiance proved but a phase in a religious experience. One so usually kind as Mr Anstruther is should not hesitate to make amends.
P. D. O'HART. Collooney,
Co. Sligo, Ireland.