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Why the Vatican is Arranging Diplomatic Relations with Japan

Front Our Diplomatic. Correspondent

I T would appear that Great Britain and America have expressed to the Holy See their surprise at the idea that full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Japan should be established.

Yet the object of such diplomatic relations between the Holy See and any State is solely for the protection of Catholic spiritual interests, and these diplomatic relations are really in a diffelent category from those between one State and another.

Hence there can be no foundation for the fear that the Holy See might be compromising itself or other countries through establishing such relations with an " aggressor " State, In the case of Japan in particulat, where the Church is weakly established, there are obvious advantages in having a Nuncio, accredited to the Japanese Government itself, instead of an Apostolic Delegate only, accredited to the, Japanese Hierarchy, Moreover, apart from Japanese control of important missionary territories, it is being overlooked that the Philippines are almost entirely in Japanese hands. The Philippines are seventy pet cent. Catholic, and they are indeed a bastion of Catholicity in the Far East, the Faith having been established there in the sixteenth century.

Though there is an Apostolic Delegate in Manila. the protection. of Catholic interests in a territory where difficulties with the Filipino Government have been experienced could be better assured through full relations with Japan,




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