Sir.-1 am afraid both Archbishop Roberts and Mr. Scarfe have both missed the point of my original letter which appeared oh the 17th December. In that letter my plea was that St. George's flag. the national flag of England and of our Patron Saint. should on .appropriate occasions he flown from our churches. schools and other Catholic buildings. This is. unfortunately, seldom done. even when there are two flag staffs. Whereas, the Papal flag and Union flag are, quite correctly. flown on Feast days and other anniversaries.
The Union flag is, as has been correctly stated, the flag of the United Kingdom and also the great Commonwealth of Nations which used to be called the British Empire. it is a symbol of British citizenship and as such can be flown by any British suhject. It is also the one flag common to all Members of the Commonwealth and Empire, most of whom also have their own national flag, I do not aeree. therefore. With U. Marshall that iti s not appropriate to fly the Union Jack from a church. for we are all British subjects and. as Archbishop Roberts so rightly points out, the flag "presents the Christian emblem in three forms." We arc. however, also Englishmen and our Catholic huildines are built on thg soil of England, so I hope many will in future follow the good example of the Franciscans at Woodford and the Catholic Church at Bletchingly and fly St. George's Flag on suitable occasions.
Francis A. Tolhurat,
Junior Carlton Club, Pall Mall, S.W.I.