12 OCTOBER 1929, Page 17

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I venture to express

the satisfaction with which I have observed on page 408 of my copy of the Spectator that you so promptly and firmly " put down your foot " upon the implied claim of Mr. Alfred Noyes that Roman Catholics are alone entitled to be designated as " Catholic."

Not only Anglican Catholics, but Scottish Catholics like- wise, are entitled to resent the arrogance of such a claim, though it is often allowed to pass unnoticed and unchallenged.

The ancient Church of Scotland, which—after the Re- union which took place in Edinburgh on October 2nd—may justly claim to be the Mother Presbyterian Church of Christen- dom, has no doubt that she, too, is a living branch of the c` Holy Catholic Church," in which we all profess our belief as a part of the Apostles' Creed.—I am, Sir, &c., JOHN L. DINWIDDIE,

Minister of Ruthwell.

. The Manse, Ruthwell,