REGARDING De La Salle, it is clear that the inability to solve the problem of trusteeship has effectively put an end to any further negotiations on the possibility of a merger between De La Salle and the Liverpool Institute and inevitably would have proved (and has proved) a fatal stumbling block in negotiations with any other educational institution.
What emerges from your article, Feb 2 1, is that there are two diametrically opposed positions on this crucial issue. Bishop Mullins maintains that there was "not a problem" and that "The CEC acts as trustees and providing body to other similar establishments such as Newman College, Birmingham."
Brother Joseph Hendron, the Provincial, states in his letter to Archbishop Worlock, that the De La Salle Order "could not support the proposed merger given the consequences, particularly legal and financial" and Brother Wilfrid, Principal of De La Salle College, is quoted as saying, in reference to the CEC, that "firm guarantees had been absent."
On behalf of the staff of De La Salle, the bewildered, injured party in this wrangle who are now destined to lose their jobs, how can these two positions be held so independently of one another? (Dr) Patrick Holland Manchester