I was alarmed to read your Religion Correspondent Alf McCreary make reference to ‘The Presbyterian catechism, with clever ambiguity. . .’ (Belfast Telegraph, September 13).
I wish to point out that:
The ‘Westminster Catechism’ to which he refers is not exclusively Presbyterian in its allegiance. It is accepted by other Reformed Churches.
There is no ‘clever ambiguity’ in the phrase ‘works of necessity and mercy’.
This phrase has its authority in the rebuke the Pharisees received from Jesus when they criticised the disciples for picking ears of corn on the Sabbath (Matthew 12).
As an Elder of the Church your correspondent accepted the Catechisms ‘Shorter’ and ‘Larger’, ‘clever ambiguity’ and all, upon his ordination.
rev Brian Kennaway