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made of how the necessary background could be uncovered it was found

that this is an area with a remarkable paucity of published documen-

tation - ("tackling a problem in which the lines of approach are

), and finally resort had to be made to extensive interviews.

These, whilst willingly granted by all those approached, had initially

to be largely non-directive, the interviewees being invited to air

their feelings on the general theme. They proved very arduous in terms

of time consumed for information yielded, and eventually were curtailed

and the field of study narrowed. The data then available was supple-

mented by two questionnaires - one to other diocesan secretaries and

one to a selected list of parish treasurers. It follows that much of

this study will suffer from a paucity of source material and the effect

of this is to be regretted, but it is hoped that the reader will forbear

to be too critical of these inadequacies, and perhaps even be inspired

to venture personally into some of the avenues of enquiry which have

been opened up.

         The convention has been adopted throughout this study of spelling

the word Church with a majuscule when referring to the organisation,

and with a minuscule - church - when to the building in which worship

takes place.

         It is normal in a dissertation of this sort to acknowledge

assistance received, a convention which would happily be followed here

but for the large number of names it would require - a full list would

probably run into three figures. One name must certainly be recorded -

David Hennessey the Diocesan Secretary - but thereafter come gradations

of help between which it would be invidious to try to distinguish.

Several sources have been specifically identified in the text or the

bibliography, and many more will find their ideas reflected in the

gist of some of the paragraphs (much of the text is eclectic plagiarism).

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