4 JANUARY 1930, Page 24


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—In a recent number of the Spectator the statement was quoted about Christian Science that in the United States "many regard it as likely to be the only serious competitor to the Roman Catholic religion." I wonder if any of your readers could give me any evidence as to a net increase of Roman Catholicism in any country ? Of course the intensive proselytizing at present in operation results in some thousands of converts, among many millions, who are unaffected by it ; but the leakage is enormous.

Before the War the figures available showed a very heavy decline of the members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world ; and I have seen no. evidence to show that the decline is ceasing.—I am, Sir, &c.,