Page 5, 2nd May 1969

2nd May 1969
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Page 5, 2nd May 1969 — The good and the tame: no way to renewal

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The good and the tame: no way to renewal

-IF ever there was a case of putting the cart before the horse, -athis is it: Hugh Kay's delightful summing-up (April 18) of "getting ourselves bogged down in a well-intentioned charade, with scores of trees and never a wood" cannot be bettered.

Who, indeed, serving on these various commissions would get up and "let fly." Chosen as they are by the senior clergy, and not by the parishioners, they are bound to be good and tame! This way we get no renewal.

Bishop Worlock is reported as being against questionnaires but in favour of parish discussion. Strange, this, since we live in his diocese and have been trying to get "discussion" here for years; and during the past 12 months a group of us have even put in a petition— so far without any sign of success on either count.

Winifred M. Jackson (Mrs.) Reading.

Nuns in cinema

TT is good to see more and -1more nuns getting out and about in the modern world. Recently I noticed several in a local cinema, and I was in a seat directly behind one sister. I was able to reflect on the value of nuns' greater freedom quite unhampered by the distracting influence of anything on the screen, because the sister's headgear, shaped like a small sugarloaf mountain, cut me off effectively.

This strained Christian patience and charity to the limit. (The reaction of agnostics trapped astern of sisters in theatres, etc., must be harmful to our cause.) Surely a simple clip or fitment could be used to reduce the area of the veil, making it conform to the outline of the wearer's head?

Otherwise, plastic windows might be embodied in the veil, as we see in the jib sails of some dinghies, to give a practical see-through effect.

John N. Rogers Southampton

Loyalty to Pope

T WISH to associate myself with Miss K. Odell (April 18) regarding the Pope's distress. I also want to do something positive to show my loyalty and deep concern for the Holy Father's heavy burden.

I have already written several letters to newspapers upholding his authority, and offer prayers daily for him. But I feel it needs a public manifestation of loyalty, preferably inaugurated by the Hierarchy and detailed to the clergy and laity to implement it.

G. E. Beswick (Miss). Manchester, 13.

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