SIR,-There have been Catholic parochial schools in England for over 100 years (in 1870 there were as many as 350) and yet in 1961, because some of the teachers cannot settle their grievances with some of the parish priests, a vast number of our schools, which are not touched by their complaints, have to struggle on with a grave shortage of staff, and the only people who really matter, our Catholic children, have to suffer the consequences.
I deplore your own editorial hesitation to let these matters come to light. If there is poison in the body, it must be drawn. There is no need for dirty linen to be washed in public, but please encourage every Catholic teacher with a grievance to substantiate it and make it known to the Catholic Teachers' Federation, and !et the C.T.F. report its findings to the Hierarchy.
This bogey must be beaten and it is to be hoped that the Hierarchy will consider the setting up of a Commission of Enquiry inviting representatives of the clergy, teachers, parents, managers and governors to give evidence.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Catholic schools in this country entirely lay-staffed and not "priest-ridden" which advertise in vain for Catholic teachers who respond only if the vacant post is a headship or one of special responsibility carrying extra salary.
"Retired Simmarian" says that complaints are frequently voiced by teachers in Catholic schools and that feeling is very high in the staff-rooms, but do they direct their complaints to the right quarter and make it perfectly clear that they refer not to all Catholic schools but only to a comparatively few?