Sir: Permit me to answer Peter Stanford, a former editor of the Catholic Herald, on the "Catholic war of words" (Section Two, 20 February). I do so as a former editor of the Universe (1972-77).
There should be no need for the proprietors or the editorial team of any newspaper to feel inferior when they outsell their nearest rival by four copies to one. However, Mr Stanford implies that only those of a lower intelligence read the Universe regularly. The fact that the paper's advertising content for teaching posts in schools, colleges and universities is outshone only by the Times Educational Supplement should answer that one.
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