29 JULY 1966, Page 12

The Catholic Marxists SIR,—Mr Brogan wants me to tell him

whether or not I am a Marxist. I am not, any more than I —or for that matter the Pope—am a Protestant merely by reason of having sympathy and respect for at least some of the views from which I differ. As Dr Bryden and Dr Lawlor pointed out in their letter, Mr Brogan's only cause for thinking me a Marxist is his misreading of an article in the Catholic Herald. Could I in turn ask him whether this, and a half-dozen or so similar examples that could be cited, is the result of deliberate distortion or simple inability to read an original source?

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