THE HIERARCHY OF ENGLAND AND WALES MET ON WEDNESDAY AND ISSUED A STATEMENT PROCLAIMING THE JUSTICE OF OUR FIGHT AGAINST HITLERISM.
" THIS CONFLICT," THEY AFFIRM, " HAS BEEN BROUGHT UPON US BY THOSE WHO HAVE NO CARE FOR THE WORLD-WIDE UNITY OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST.
" We, the Catholic Hierarchy of England and Wales, wish to urge on all the Faithful . . . the duty of loyal obedience to His Majesty the King, and of willing co-operation in every form of National Service.
" We have a profound conviction of the justice of our cause.
" Our nation in this conflict stands for freedom and for the liberty of the individual and the State."
The bishops call upon Catholics to pray for " the success of our cause and that of our French and Polish allies . . . "
The following is the complete text of the Hierarchy's statement:
" His Holiness Pope Pius XI, in the Encyclical, Caritate Christi Compulsi, expressed that profound desire to prevent the breaking of the peace which has been the constant Pre-occupation of the Holy See. It is prayer precisely,' he wrote in that Encyclical, ' that according to the
Apostle will bring the gift of peace; prayer that is addressed to the Heavenly Father who is the Father of all men; prayer that is the common expression of family feeling, of that great family which extends beyond the boundaries of any country or continent. For the preservation of this peace our Government and People have laboured. This conflict has been brought upon us by those who have no care for the worldwide unity of the Peace of Christ.
"We, the Catholic Hierarchy of ngland and Wales, wish to urge upon all the Faithful, at this time of national trial and endeavour, the duty of loyal obedience to His Majesty the King, and of willing co-operation in every form of national service. We have a profound conviction of the justice of our cause. Our Nation in this conflict stands for freedom and for the liberty of the ,individual and the State. In the words an recently used by His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Conquests and Empires not founded on justice cannot be blessed by God.'
" Jesus Christ foretold the coming of wars and He said, ' Fear ye not,' We cast ourselves therefore upon the Divine Mercy and pray for fortitude and for a peace that is the work of justice.
"No country has a greater claim on our endeavours than Poland which has played through the centuries so great a part in the defence of our common Catholic heritage.
" We call upon our people to pray for the success of our cause and that of our French and Polish allies. remembering also our enemies so many of whom are engaged against us with good conscience. Hatred is contrary to that serene and generous spirit to which the charity of Christ compels us.
" Our prayers are raised continually to the Father of Mercies and the God of all Consolation. We commend our people in this time of trouble to the protection of the Queen of Peace.
"We pray Almighty God to defend the right, to preserve His Majesty the King and the safety of his Dominions, and to bring about in our time an equitable solution of all those difficulties which make for discord among the nations of the world."