REGARDING Kate O'Neil's letter concerning the cathedral and the homeless, (Catholic Herald, 14 February).
When working with the single homeless in Bristol I was taught never to give money to them. As I understand it this is what Mgr O'Donoghue asked visitors to do.
While Ms O'Neil may not be intimidated by approaches in the piazza others especially foreigners and the elderly may well be.
I have no knowledge of the former and current levels of staff at the cathedral but one thing is sure: elderly staff would not be able to cope. I speak from experience.
Only young staff who were well briefed to be polite but firm would be able to cope.
Such an area near a mainline station (Victoria) and near a large store creditably attracts all kinds of people some of them unpleasant and aggressive.
Finally I notice that the Cathedral advertises in your newspaper for funds for its night shelter for the homeless. So its credentials in this area cannot be questioned.
TP Bruce Twickenham TO ALL those detractors of the Westminster cathedral policy towards the homeless. I would like to ask: when was the last time you actually rolled up your sleeves and did something for those who are hungry and without a roof over their heads?
Until you are ready to take matters into your hand, and to make a difference, don't cast any stones at those who try to do their bit for society's marginalised.
Maryanne Cortina Salisbury