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" STALIN'S SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS" SIR, - In THE CATHOLIC HERALD of

February 18 there appeared a statement beaded " Stalin's Seventh Day Adventists." The intention of the article is to suggest that the Seventh-Day Adventists are connected in some way with Stalin and Communism, and that Adventists believe that Stalin will be on the side of the elect at the second coming of Christ. The article also states that Pastor Lippolis of the Adventist Church of Bologna is a Communist, and the intention of your article is to imply that the Adventist Church is Communistic.

I have sought information from reliable sources in Eirrope and am informed that every feature of your article, except the fact that the Adventists of Bologna "have moved to a new ground-floor chapel in the mansion that houses also the headquarters of the C,omunist Party," is untrue. Pastor Lippolis is not a Communist. He also was not the pastor of the Bologna Adventist Church at the time your article was issued. The Seventh-Day Adventist' Church is not in any way connected with Stalin or Communism in Italy or elsewhere.

In view of the extremely misleading nature of the statements of your article of February 18, and in the interests of correct reporting, may ask you to correct the grossly misleading inferences of the article referred to?

I regret the delay in drawing your attention to the matter referred to above but this has been due to the writer's prolonged absence from this office.

E. B. Room.

President, British Union Conference. Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts.

Our Correspondent in Italy, to whom we sent a copy of the above letter writes:

" Dr. Lippolis has been Adventist pastor in Bologna from 1935 until July. 1948, when he was retired to make way for a younger man. A reason for his retirement, according to one of his fellow Adventists active in Bologna, was on insufficient detachment from politics. He himself considers the retirement temporary as he has made clear in conversation, regards himself still as the Adventist pastorthe younger man being in his eyes an assistant -and is so regarded by the majority of non-Adventists aware of the church in Bologna.

" He is not a Communist. I apologise for writing that he was. The general opinion about his politics in the parish where he lives is misconceived. I realise now that the views of Dr. Lippolis on the redemptive potentialities of Russia in Armageddon do not, in all probability, reflect the ideas of his fellow Adventists.

" I would like to express my sincere regret for having possibly added to the handicap of the 44 baptised members of the Adventist church in Bologna the majority of whom. I understand, were in fact against moving their church into the mansion that so evidently houses the Communist Party Headquarters because of the widespread and inevitable misconceptions which would

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