Page 2, 7th July 1961

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Page 2, 7th July 1961 — Catholic Illiteracy

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Catholic Illiteracy

SIR,-In this regard the ques tion may well be raised: Do our publishers want Catholic literature or scholarship?

The answer would seem toile:

only if these bring sure and immediate cash profits. I know

of works that have cost the writers years of research being tossed hack mechanically, with crocodile 'regrets' or no explana

tion at all, while such buffoonery as Cracks in the Cloister, invit ing, Erasmus-like the mockery of the Church's enemies, receives warm welcome and brings

profits and applause.

It will be said, quite fairly, that the publishers have to make ends meet, and support their families, and cannot afford any serious financial losses. I am even willing to believe that at heart they regret and dislike their own bondage to the brutal commercialism that is busily barbarizing England and enslaving us all. So far as the complaint of our illiteracy is warranted, here, surely, is the explanation.

The problem would seem to be how to outflank and, by God's help, eventually defeat the monster Mammon so truly depicted by Watts and described by Chesterton and his fellow champions of true civilization.

(Father) H. E G. Rope Pa Ilotti Hall, Macclesfield.

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