I READ with much interest and pleasure the report in Charterhouse Chronicle November 14 of the sharing of church facilities in Brightlingsea and Great Bentley.
On the other hand, I was dismayed at the present "inward looking" attitude of the Catholics at Frinton who "seem to prefer to spend many thousands of pounds in extending their church, originally a hall bought for a few hundred pounds," to cooperating with the local Methodists in building a new church for joint use. Such an attitude is, I well know, still only too common amongst Catholic parishes in England today.
It so happened that immediately below the abovementioned piece of news there appeared the report of the appeal by the "Friends of St George's Hospital", for £75,000 to build and equip (completely) a new hospital in Vilangad, Kerala, South India, to serve local Christians, Hindus and Moslems. The money which could have been saved by English Catholics joining with another denomination in East Anglia could have been used to finance the building of this hospital in South India. I wonder where lies the greater need in Christian charity.
Major Henry Haydon Wallington, Surrey