Page 2, 11th October 1946

11th October 1946
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Page 2, 11th October 1946 — APPEAL FOR MGR. STEPINAC
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APPEAL FOR MGR. STEPINAC

SI11.-Tn your report on a Catholic follow-up to the Hierarchy's statement on the trial of the Primate of Yugoslavia, you state correctly what was told you by telephone from the Sword of the Spirit office, namely, that the matter would come up before the Executive Committee at its next meeting, and That that meeting was not till October 19. Before your report was in print, however, we were able to prepare, and distribute to all subscribing members and elsewhere, an appeal for action by Catholic citizens on this " trial." I enclose a copy of the leaflet. Though it is too long for you to reproduce it, I should be grateful if you would print this letter at least, so that readers who may have imagined from your report that the "Sword" had nothing planned on the Monday when you rang up, may know that action did follow pretty promptly, nevertheless.

Meanwhile, we all feel curious to know why there is an apparent blanket of silence in the national Press on this Catholic persecution in Yugoslavia.

A. C. F. Beaus. Hon. Secretary.

12, City Road, London, E.C.1.

Ste,-As one who has served both the Committee and the Council of the Sword of the Spirit, may I be allowed to express my astonishment that no action has yet been taken by this body in support of Cardinal Griffin's protest against the impeachment of the Archbishop of Zagreb. I do not question the good intentions of the "Sword." I only suggest that it is rusting a lions In its scabbard. The Cardinal has acted in this matter with characteristic and courageous promptitude, and it is not likely that the highly competent professional revolutionary whom convention compels me to call Marshal Tito, will wait until Mr. Woodruff returns from the Continent before pronouncing his Neronlan decree. It may well be asked-what are the good of protests? And it may well happen that by the time some of our more prominent Christian democrats have screwed up the necessary heroism to disapprove, unequivocally and explicitly, the persecution of the Church of Christ -it may well happen that by then Mgr. Stepinac will have been rewarded with a martyr's crown. So there is not much time for the Sword of the Spirit of the Joint Council for Christian Action (what is this body doing, that was set up with such a fanfare of trumpets in the happy heyday of cooperation?). In the long run, a mare tyr (even if he has only been murdered by the satellites of the Soviet Union) has more influence than a Member of Parliament or a governor of the B.B.C., and a time may come when even the most progressive Catholic will be grateful for a kindly word spoken in due season before the Throne of

race.

ROBERT SPEAIGHT.

Garrick Club, W.C.2.




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