WITH reference to John Ryan's letter of October 31, surely it is not ncessary to display indecent and vulgar cartoons such as the ones of September 19 and October 17 to incite laughter. Bob Hope, the film star, has made millions of people laugh with his films and television programmes. When Bob Hope was asked recently what he thought of a certain indecent film he said: "I went to see the film and 1 felt like crawling under the seat." Please, Mr. Ryan, as our cartoonist. take Bob Hope as a model and give. us laughter with decency. We will appreciate you more. SisterM. Editha, O.S.B. Teignmouth, Devon.
MAY I support Honoria McCaney's request for a book of Ryan cartoons? It would make an excellent Christmas present. I hope the adverse comments you receive, humourless or plain misunderstanding, will not inhibit or discourage Mr. Ryan. There must be very many who "have not spoken yet" who appreciate him. Beryl Langford Lancing, Sussex POOR Mr. Collins! What a pity that he finds (October 31) John Ryan's cartoons "cheap, and therefore nasty". As an Anglican Catholic, I rarely fail to be amused by them. Nicholas R. Webber Alton, Hants.
MAYI take this opportunity of drawing your readers' attention to the forthcoming centenary of Hilaire Belloc on July 27, 1970? Because Belloc is not very widely read today I feel this would be an ideal opportunity for the Catholic Church to make amends to one of tier very great sons. I wonder if some of the people still alive who knew him personally would be willing to participate in some type of celebration to mark the occasion. Fr. Conrad Pepler, O.P., Warden of Spode House, Rugeley, Staffs., is prepared to set aside a weekend in July, 1970, for the occasion, but neither of us is sure exactly what form the celebration shouldtake. We should, therefore, welcome any suggestions. ideas or offers of help. Louis Schroeder S Buckhurst Way, Earley, Reading.
DRA. R. MOORE (October 24) requests a rest from the Holy Father Flanagan! May I ask why Father Flanagan cannot voice his opinion in support of Our Holy Father's supreme authority? Why should we always have to listen to the erroneous opinions of men such as Norman St. John-Stevas and all our dissident priests? Rather than name him "Holy Father Flanagan," let us all applaud him as the Apostle of Papal Supremacy. Sister M. Benedict Chapelizod, Co. Dublin.
JUST a quick "Thank you" for "Reflection"! I have cut many of these columns out to keep, and I am especially grateful to Canon Drinkwater for the last four weeks! Even the name, "Reflection," is perfect! Well done! Peggy Murray Sevenoaks, Kent.