concern the views of a handful of disgruntled priests, given in answer to a questionnaire on the election and appointment of bishops, published in your issue of March 14. Until now I am quite sure that thousands of good priests and members of the laity alike who, incidentally, have not been quizzed on the subject, will agree that the "Holy Spirit" has done a magnificent job and the bishops of this country, who come from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, are a supreme example of selfless dedication, but above all have devoted
pastoral zeal for the souls of their flock.
Not many will agree with the remarks of Fr. Gerald Sutherland. and as to the sarcastic implications of Fr. Anthony Castle — in other words "jobs for the boys"— they are unworthy of mention.
Let those who criticise remember that along with the mitre and skull-cap goes also a crown of thorns. The burdens our bishops carry today are perhaps heavier than at any other time in the history of the Church. God bless and sustain them. Eileen Pearce Carshalton, Surrey.
The priests concerned were not disgruntled.—Editor.