SIR,May I congratulate Miss, my italics. A. B. Reid on the masterpiece among letters she contributed to your eritrespondence page on July 31.
In Ireland, she tells us, "the average (her italics) family is six children (say. four boys and two girls)." How happy the Irish must be, apart from those like my wife and me who desire, at least, four girls and two boys. The former are so useful when it comes to washing up; and, ordinarily. they are prettier.
The organisers of the Vocations Exhibition will be happy, no doubt, to know "that the future priest must be from and always comes from a good Catholic home where the atmosphere is entirely (Miss Reid's italics) Catholic."
Which disposes of Cardinal Newman. Cardinal Manning, Mgr. Robert Hugh Benson. Fr, Owen Dudley, Fr. Martindale, Mgr. Knox and at least one distinguished member of the present English Hierarchy who came from good Protestant homes; and St. Peter and St. Paul who came from good Jewish homes.
W. J. Igoe
60 Frith Street, (Father of One). London, W.I.