YOUR REPORT ON Cardinal Hume's call for Christians to protest at the arms trade (Catholic Herald, March 1) was welcome news indeed.
The role of both Catholic Church and Church of England in the political life in this country is essential if we are to have even a thread of hope for our collective futures.
In the 1960s and 1970s the Catholic Church played a significant part in undermining the military regimes of Latin America, those that crushed the spirit of their peoples and channelled their national wealth into the pock ets of the generals or transnational corporations. Everyone but themselves benefited from the harsh conditions the people endured.
Here we are again, appalled at our Government and civil service for their lack of moral judgement in the matter of who they sell British-made arms to. Let us be thankful, as citizens of an enlightened and democratic country, as well as being Christians, that the Cardinal has emerged as a moral champion in an age darkened by a disregard for human life beyond our own. Mr DP Mills Winchester