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Sinners in Novels Written by Catholics

Sir,—Either you do Dr. von Hildebrand an injustice or he is wrong in detecting a reversal of the traditional relationship between the converted sinner and the mediocre man as a trend in the works of Mr. Graham Greene. He is interested in sinners (so is God), which does not mean that he esteems them more praiseworthy than their converted fellows. He is to be cornmended for his well-intentioned attack on mediocrity. this is admitted. The • hero of "The Power and the Glory " realises that at the end there was only one thing that counted—to be a saint. Sarah Miles is a • converted sinner " clear enough; but the position of Scobie is not so clear—sympathy and not judgment is called for, he is not to be judged by man.

It is surely in the struggles of others that we find inspiration to fight in our own. And we find love for others, too. Saints are only saints because of this fight, and how else can we depict sanctity except in its relation to sin and sinfulness. The very use of the words " converted sinner " bears this out. "C'est noire servitude et notre misere de ne pouvoir peindre sans mensonge que les passions."

Christopher Coope. The Waterhouse, Bollington, Nr. Macclesfield.

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