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From: Patrick Wall, MC, VRD, MP, The Catholic Herald gives much publicity to Bishop Lamont of Rhodesia: in fact one would think that there were no other bishops in Rhodesia. Having just returned from a visit to Rhodesia and South Africa, where incidentally I talked with a number of bishops, I would like to refute at least one of Bishop Lamont's statements.

On February 14 you reported Bishop Lamont referring to "camps for non-white workers the equivalent of concentration camps." He is presumably referring to the protected villages in the north-east of Rhodesia where the guerrilla fighters are operating.

Africans. for their own protection, have had these villages built for them as near as possible to their own fields; some have been hastily built but all I visited had schools, dispensaries, allotments and community centres, and in no way resembled concentration camps.

In fact this is exactly the same procedure that was successfully adopted in Malaysia against Ccirnmunist terrorists. It seems strange that Bishop Lamont says that he could be fined £500 or stiffer a year's imprisonment if he were to' receive Cardinal Rugamhwa, as the Archbishop of Salisbury has his auxiliary bishop, an African, living in his house.

Bishop Lamones one-sided views remind me of the way in which some Irish priests support the IRA and car, see no good in the security forces. He might he more credible if he were to condemn the murdering of an African headmaster in front of his schoolchildren. the butchering of district messengers by the "freedom fighters," etc.

Patrick Wall House of Commons.


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