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Parishes

Keywords: G, Religion / Belief

for class

distinction

IN your front page report of -IMarch 7 on Church Planning you state that some priests advocate the setting up of parishes on sociological lines rather than geographical. If you could print an article by one or some of these clergy outlining the way in which they propose that this idea should work I am sure it would make fascinating reading. They might relate the idea to the marks of Catholicity and Unity, and also try to demonstrate what advantages would accrue to the "professional" and "working" classes by being thus cut e off from each other a measure, not only in their social life but also in their religious life. Would the clergy who are appointed to work with the professions find it easier to indoctrinate these people with the tenets of the new theology than if there were a sprinkling of manual workers amongst them? Would the working classes he treated to pop music at Mass? Would they be denied the privilege of assisting at a dignified Latin Mass? All these questions occur to one erre mediately. I would like also to hear on what basis the clergy would be chosen for these apartheid parishes. Would the coloured people of these classes have different chaplains, or is the differentiation only to be on. social status basis. colour being ruled out as anathema to the modern progressive? Catholic means "universal". No doubt the Devil is well aware of the maxim "divide and conquer".

Mabel Jones Liverpool, 13, .1 AM absolutely horrified at the statement that some clergy advocate the setting up of parishes along sociological rather than merely geographical lines. Did Christ divide His listening thousands into groups of professional people, farming, and working-class people?

Veronica Hewlett (Mrs.) East Cowes. Isle of Wight.




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