IF Fr John Medcalf (September 6) was implying that Christ was poor "Jesus was born into poverty" he must surely be incorrect. It is inconceivable that Christ was other than a highly skilled tradesman, in modern marketing terms social grade C2.
Some writers, Albert Nolan, Matthew Fox, maintain that he was middle class (Cl?) but that may be stretching it a bit. In either case the family almost certainly had, having regard to their times, an established position and an acceptable standard of living.
What is beyond doubt is that Christ became poor, identified with the poor and never ceased promoting their welfare. Some of us born very poor never had anywhere to go but up he social ladder. Christ descended it to show his great love for the oppressed and dispossesed.
Larry Murphy DAVID Alton (September 13) can't have it both ways. He says he was "very sad" at the departure from politics of David Owen. Yet David Owen always voted in the Commons with the pro-abortionists. Mr Alton says in the same article that some principles cannot be compromised "Christians cannot be expected to vote for a