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
(C9)), 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
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).