Sitt,—May I ask Miss Ward, Hon. Secretary of the " Sword of the Spirit " which is " the spirit of the Word of God " (incidentally Eph, vi, 17 reads :—" The Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God "), to substantiate her statement that the Church " has called upon her children to resist injustice by force of arms against . . . the Slav " dumped together with " Arab, Turk and Communist "? When did this happen and who were, or are, these Slays who number also Catholic Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenes and Croats?
It is certainly every citizen's duty to fight for the defence of his country when attacked, but every war, even if justifiable, is not a crusade, and this is confirmed by Fr. John Murray's letter in the same issue of the CATHOLIC HERALD.
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P.S.—May I correct a misprint in my previous letter concerning war-prisoners? I did not say that captive officers could only be punished by officers, but as officers. This means that no punishment may be lawfully imposed on a prisoner of war which does not exist for the corresponding ranks in the captor's army. Thus an officer cannot be• sent to do fatigue work as a punishment, and a private cannot be flogged, as such punishments have been abolished in all
civilised armies The knowledge of these international regulations is important for it guarantees the rights of those who had the misfortune of falling into the hands of the enemy.