MR. REES-MOGG'S principle, as editor 01 The Times, and as expressed (October 2) to Mr. Auberon Waugh, is this: that "those of a minority religion cannot and need not invariably try to impose their own moral standards on the nation as a whole." As a Catholic I firmly deny such a thesis.
Morality, social a n d
personal, is almost entirely based upon the nature lass and the Church, as the inert ant embassy of God to mankind. exercises her infallibility in defining this natural law, as well as revealed truth.
While the latter depends upon the free acceptance or rejection by ourselves as free agents. the former is binding upon us all whether Christian Or not.
In his Epistle to the Romans. St. Paul does not mince his words about this: and the living Church carries on his clear teaching. In matters of doctrine we have no right to impose. In matters of morality. NI e hose every right: and more than right: an inescapable chase
It is sad to find so intrepid a journalist as Mr, Waugh appearing to endorse so defeatist a policy as Mr..Rees-Mogg's.
Harold McCrone Laxton. Northants.
THANK you for publishing
last week \uheron Waugh's excellent interview with Mr, ReesMogg, the editor of The Times. From the interview I was impressed by many of the thoughts of Mr, Rees-Mogg, but was I alone in thinking him just a teeny bit patronising? Auberon Waugh wrote:
"The Pope. says Mr. ReesMogg, has the right to emphasise, the immorality of contraception , . ."
How very nice of 7'he Tinter Editor to concede His Holiness this right.
John Seldort Bournemouth.