SIR,—I am not a Catholic, though if it be God's will Grace may one day be given, but my wife is. My interest in Catholicism is therefore fundamental.
My amazement and distress is great at the apparent indifference of great numbers in carrying out Cardinal Griffin's wish for a Parochial Protest Petition against Archbishop Stepinac's trial and imprisonment.
" Jotters " remarks this week confitni my observation. In my wife's church there is no petition, nor has any effort been made.
I have two active and zealous members of your Communion on my staff, but so far as I am aware I am the only person by whom the subject has been mentioned and discussed! Why this lack of support, almost amounting to disdain, of Cardinal Griffin's request? Anglicanism—with all its shortcomings —would not so have treated such an episcopal appeal.
You advertise a meeting in London to protest. How trivial must he tbe effect of this compared with the solid support of your Communion through a parochially organised petition, Where Is English Catholicism in these matters, and do its members realise that the menace from the Continent is so real that before another generation passes the Faith may be once more submerged, but surviving, in the Catacombs?
Slit,—" Jotter's " remarks last week can, unfortunately, be substantiated by the experience of others, Is it not the height of absurdity for Catholics to wail at the attitude of the Government regarding Mgr. Stepinac's plight, when they themselves took no part in the Hierarchy's protest to the Government? It is a scandal.
H. P. O'SHAUGHNESSY, B.Sc.
COMPARISON IN ATROCITIES Ste,—Mr. Arnold Lunn is quite right in making a distinction between atrocities in concentration camps and bombing raids, because the former have no necessary connection with war. But in the latter case he is — with many others — simply begging the question, and it is largely a question of the facts. It may have been a regrettable necessity that people were killed by Allied raids on enemy-occupied towns in France and Belgium and other countries; but he raids on German cities were totally deferent in scope and intention. It was the deliberate intention that Germany's war potential, whether of human lives or materials, should be utterly destroyed, and by all the means available, Surely Mr. Lunn should be able to distinguish what was propaganda on these matters and what were thc actual facts?
The question of " direct intention is really irrelevant—no one supposes that Pilot John Smith deliberately drops a bomb with the intention of killing Frau Schmidt and her children! The real question is one of responsibility, and ends and means. However urgent my errand might be, If I drive at high speed through a busy street, killing two or three people, it would be ludicrous to plead to no direct intention, but I shall certainly be held responsible, and punished for using such means to obtain the end in view, even though it was a matter of life and death.
Mr. Lunn refers to the purposeless sadistic cruelties of the German camps —surely not purposeless, though a very evil purpose?
J. E. N.
SIR,—Would Mr. Arnold Lunn have been willing to put forward any argument in extenuation of the use of the atomic bomb had the first been dropped on Shrewsbury, the second nn Winchester?
DONALD M. OrONNOIL
Castle Hill House. Launceston, Cornwall.
THE CURTIS REPORT Stlt,—Your interesting report of the findings of the Curtis Cominittee on the care of homeless children omitted three points which appear to bc of great importance.
(1) The Committee commented on the barrack-like buildings in which so many children are housed, and recommended the cottage home system, where they are treated as members of a family rather than members of an herd. It is obv:ous that existing buildings cannot be replaced at present but much can be done to divide the children living in them into small groups.
(2) The Report emphasised the need of trained men and women to stall Children's Homes. This need exists even when the staff is composed of religious, who spend themselves tirelessly for the welfare of the children in their care.
(3) The children need as many contacts as possible with the outside world. The laity can help to provide these contacts by taking an interest in individual children, by toying them treats and birthday presents and inviting them to their homes during the holidays. This interest should not be expended only on the attractive children. The plain, the backward and the naughty stand in great need of affection and friendship.
CRUSADE BY THE POSTER SIR, — As one who has admired the railway posters of cathedrals and abbeys, 1 suggest that a series of nine equally good religious posters could be produced through the Church Artists' Agency, or, if there are the Catholic artists, in the advertising studios. To achieve their full effect, the pictures would need to be equally welt mounted and exhibited on the street outside our Catholic churches, about a month before the English Holidays of Obligation come round, with one for Mission Sunday. If two copies were supplied, the second could be pinned up in the porch to remind churchgoers what the other looked like before it was defaced by weather or other means; board removed or pasted oyez after Octave.
In addition to the " well-chosen, apt and striking drawing or painting," of Fr. Cyprian Rice, 0.Pes, letter, I would suggest the diagrammatic emblem to hold the attention. I would have, like the series of railway posters of public schools, quite a few words of explanation.
R. W. BRANSON.
9, Birchfiold Road, Northampton.