PRIVATE medicine in itself is, I feel, not wrong but it cannot be a Christian attitude to expect to be treated better than anybody else; and this in my opinion is what the availability of private medicine invokes. Lay people are in a position to choose either for or against; and I sympathise with Fr Medcalf (whose opinion I agree with) as he does not have this choice.
Hindhead Robert Copsey AS a Catholic member of BUPA I have found the recent correspondence about Catholic membership of private health care schemes interesting.
Might I suggest that an equally good case could he made for joining as for refusing to join them. If a person can afford to pay for health care, is that person not morally obliged to do so, so that those who cannot have a shorter waiting list?
I, personally, have chosen to subscribe to private health care rather take a yearly holiday. Had I spent the money on the holiday instead no one would have suggested that I was doing wrong.
I find this indignation arbitrarily selective.
Leeds E.M. Kay RE "Ashamed to join the ranks of woopies" by Fr John Medcalf (April 7). For a long time I have been asking the question, "Where are all the prophets and truth speakers in our country?" I
am happy to have discovered one in a seaside town in West Sussex.
Whenever 1 look around at my diocese and see the number of clergy who dress up as company men and play the game called "Church", I feel dispirited, to say the least. Then
along comes John Medcalf and slams the powers-that-be in his diocese for even suggesting that its priests should benefit from a BUPA scheme, and I am raised to life again!
Fr Bert White