In challenging Archbishop Freier’s grasp of economics, Colin McLean (Letters, 10/4) evidences his own brand of fiscal myopia. Dr Freier is not the only one who needs to be thankful, as he undoubtedly is, for the tax exemptions the Church receives. Millions of the nation’s poor and marginalised, if they had the luxury of time to study economics, would have even more cause to rejoice. Many of them are alive, clothed and fed because the Church cares in the name of Christ, and budgets accordingly. Mr McLean might even join in the thanksgiving chorus, recognising how little of his own taxes are spent on state welfare.