SIR.-I have always understood the teaching of the Church on the Just Wage to mean that a man was entitled to receive a wage that would enable him to support a family, and I have never seen it implied, as in Dr. Nevin's letter. that he should receive this wage only on the condition that he had a family. I feel it to be alien to Catholic social teaching that industry should pay a wage sufficient only for the support of the individual worker and that he should depend for the support of his family upon allowances doled out to him by the all-providing State.
If, moreover, this principle were adopted the question arises of how a man is to save the money he requires to set up a home. Perhaps, this again will he met by a State grant to newly married couples.
To adopt Dr. Nevin's principle would be to destroy man's responsibility for the maintenance of his family. I feel, therefore, that my original calculation was perfectly justified and more in keeping with Catholic thought than the proposal put forward by Dr. Nevin.
Department of Economics, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.