May I congratulate Peter Alcantara for his article of January 27 on the Evidence Guild, and thank you for publishing it?
I have been speaking for 30 years, and experiences are well known to me and to my fellow-guildsmen. His mention of "cheesemite" reminds me of another heckler, adorned with conspicuous horn-rimmed spectacles, eing nicknamed "Eyesin-Glass", and was inadvertently addressed as Mr Isinglass as a result!
Well, I may assure Mr Alcantara and all others that the guild is still working, albeit with smaller numbers. and with the aggravation of realising that there are many opportunities which we cannot meet.
We seek to further all that is best from Vatican II; in fact many elements therefrom were previously part of guild policy. We quickly learnt to have dialogue with our "separated brethren" with a view to mutual understanding, and to recognise that they "have the name foreheads".
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Obviously, we cannot concur with many modern (Modernist?) schools of thought. For example, we cannot accept the idea of repudiating the Pope's authority and acting as if we did not believe in the Eucharist. As for the moral teaching of the Church — well, it is NOT the Church which decides it; the Church is like a solicitor telling what God's Law is.
I conclude by saying that the three classes a week, mentioned by Mr Alcantara, are a bit too much for us. But we still meet, now in the Westminster Conference Centre, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 pm, and one of our active members has a grand-daughter with artistic talent, se that there is a list of lectures on a poster in the window-box outside the Cathedral.
L Alan J. Goody London, SW1.