Sir,—I have been deeply disturbed to read the letters of Fr. Holloway in !sour paper. Whilst I accept the need for his warning against the grave contemporary evils of seeking sexual pleasure as an end in itself and of judging the perfection of a marriage by the perfection of the sexual relationship attained within it, I cannot help feeling that his arguments almost amount to a condemnation of sex since the Fall. Granted a fertile couple equipped with modern knowledge on the period of greatest fertility, the occasions when it would he legitimate for them to come together without sacrificing their spiritual good would be extraordinarily rare. Such rare and remote events could not fail to have a most disruptive emotional effect.
I am not a theologian and cannot challenge Fr. Holloway on his authorities. Yet, on a point of logic, is he really prepared to equate the imperfections of anger and pride and man's difficulty in avoiding them. with the impulse towards the marriage act in accordance with which. he admits, most people will need to act"? Yet I do not see how otherwise this paragraph in his letter is to he interpreted. His ideas are contrary to those contained in all the modern works on marriage by Catholic priests and laymen that I have read and I cannot believe that if he is right, and they wrong. the wide circulation of their writings would ever have been permitted by the Church.
H. J. Webb. 38, Raphael Road, Hove, 3.