In the matter of ecumenism, Mr St John-Stevas is what the late Mgr Ronald Knox would call an "Enthusiast." I can assure him that his enthusiasm is not shared by the Toms, Dicks and Ilarrys of the Catholic Church. They themselves have other hobbies.
The other week Mr St JohnStevas, in his article entitled "Two martyrs who died for their Church" tried to equate St Thomas More with King Charles I. Full ecumenical marks for trying! But the facts are quite other.
The opening sentences on each subject respectively in the Encyclopaedia Britannica speak volumes; and I think your readers have a right to know.
More, Sir Thomas: Thomas More, the English saint and humanist, prolific writer of antiheretical works, and statesman, was martyred for refusing to accept the Act of Supremacy establishing the King as Supreme Head of the Church of England.
Charles I of Great Britain: Charles I, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1625 to 1649, by attempting to impose his authoritarian rule on a people with growing aspirations for political and religious liberty. brought about a civil war that ended with his execution by his subjects.
This is concision all right; but it is concision of the truth. Mr St JohnStevas' history is a fable.
J. A. Riley Leigh, Lancashire.