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Locations: Rome, Oxford

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SUPPORT FROM NAMES LIKE THESE

Churehmen, ;Jciors, politivions, soldiers, H ;11'1k:1S, WW1 (1OHS, ;1101101'S find. eel 1111)111ISIS bier veil their imuit.diate support to tile CATHoLac IIERALi s rt•;1(4: ..\ I, pea I.

llt'rc are extracts from some of their letters: From His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam.

Appeal most cordially approved and with all prayers and good wishes for success.

From Lord Elton

I am altogether In sympathy with the Appeal for Peace published by the CATHOLIC HERALD.

The war mentality is growing up before our eyes. We have not yet reached the final stage, in which the peoples hate each other. or desire war; but already the Governments have ceased to be able to admit that there is anything to be said for any case but their own. On the one side, as you say, moral indignation at violent expansion at the expense of small nations. On the other, moral indignation at the apparent insist ence by the two or three richest powers in the world that the status quo is morally saeroscant. And yet unless we can find some means of peaceful evolution, of changing the status quo without violence and without dishonour, civilisation, as you say, must perish. Obviously the solution must involve concessions from both sides. And ninety per cent. of mankind would welcome a genuine settlement which combined Iectification of frontiers and of grievances with genuine, supervised disarmament. Will the Governments ever have the combined courage for so obvious and so Christian, yet so difficult a solution? Perhaps not. Even President Roosevelt did not specificaily include the removal of grievances, other than trade barriers, in the agenda for his proposed peace conference. I trust then (though not a Catholic myself) that your eminently Christian Appeal may be heard by the Catholic laity of the world, and perhaps by the Holy Father himself.

From Sir Oswald Mosley.

War without just reason is among the gravest moral crimes that can he inflicted upon humanity: just reason for war cannot exist if peace by negotiation is possible. Because I am convinced that such peace be possible I welcome this attempt to prevent the crime of war.

From II. A. L. Fisher, Esq., Warden of New College, Oxford.

I am altogether in sympathy with the spirit of the published Appeal for Peace which the CATuoLIC HERALD proposes to address to members of the Catholic Church throughout the world.

Believing with you that " a major war prolonged for some months must put an end to civilisation," I welcome any step which may help to avert it. Even if such a conference as you advocate may not be immediately practicable, nothing but good can come from an endeavour to combine the peace-loving men and women of your great Communion in a world-wide protest against the way of force and the lunacy of war.

From Hugh Walpole, Esq.

I am only too glad to associate myself with this Appeal. Having been in Rome for the Papal Elections and Coronation I acquired a deep reverence and admiration for Pius XII. But of what use is a conference to which only one side will come, and at which only one side can be trusted?

From Henry Cotton, Esq.

I have not yet met a German, an Italian, a Frenchman, a Pole, or a Briton who wants to fight, so why do we have to fight?

It is only the law that makes us fight, and the laws we have made. We have still thousands of mutilated men amongst us to-day from the last war how can we have forgotten so soon?

If the leaders of the big countries are worthy of the confidence of their people, then they should have the safeguarding of the lives of those people as their first' interest.

I still believe a war can be averted and no effort in this direction can be wasted. I hope that Almighty God will.

help us to a peaceful solution of troubles which really are so insignificant., against the really important things of life.

From Lord Russell of Killowen.

No one should, or (in morality) could differ from the views expressed in the appeal; but in the cases of Germany and Italy, as now ruled, it would, I fear, fall on deaf ears.

From Vernon Bartlett., M.P.

1 view with horror the drift towards another war as, apparently, the easiest method of checking intolerable injustice. Therefore, I warmly applaud this attempt to appeal, above political prejudices, to the fundamental decency that you find in almost every man. May your initiative meet with success!

From Dame Marie Tempest.

I am entirely in agreement with your Appeal. The whole situation is wrong. j am not a Catholic, but 1 am quite certain that no country that forswears its religion can ever hope for happiness or security.

From Sheila Kaye-Smith.

Most heartily and earnestly do I support your appeal to Catholics, and especially those paragraphs in which you stress the plain man's feeling that he is living in Bedlam. Indeed, if one had been forcibly immured in an asylum run, not by doctors and psychiatrists but by the patients, one could scarcely feel more wretched and in dis-ease.

From Shane Leslie, Esq.

I cannot sufficiently applaud your proposals. The Appeal for Peace rests largely with the Pope and his success must depend on the support he receives from all countries.

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