readers of the Catholic Herald who will be glad of the opportunity to pay their tribute as opponents to Mr. Baldwin, as a great leader whose honesty, sincerity, skill and devotion entitle him to their profound respect.
The letter of M. C. F. on this subject., however, betrays a strange, and fortunately rare, conception of the duty of a Catholic paper. Labour supporters, for instance, might often have objected to criticisms of Mr. Attlee and other Labour leaders, but would be the last to do so as they fully recognise that the Catholic Herald is fair in its criticisms and entitled to an independent and objective standpoint. Apparently M. C. F. desires the Catholic Herald to be a sort of Catholic mouthpiece of Conservative Central Office, always free to criticise Liberal or Labour leaders, naturally, but not Conservatives! This is not the place foe. controversy as regards the respective merits of political parties, nor is such the intention of this letter, but I am convinced that I am voicing the feelings of the vast majority of your readers when I say how glad I am that one paper, at least, is sufficiently independent and fair to judge issues on their merits and praise or criticise as it thinks fit.