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BERNANOS CONDEMNS

In the course of their French programmes. the B.B.C. have broadcast an address written by the well-known French Catholic writer, Cieorges Bernanos, who is himself in South America.

" In speaking to you this evening I am forcing myself to look upon you,

not as you see yourselves hut as the world sees you," said Mr. liernanos.

" Do not hope to deceive he rest of the world by is so-called Christian restoration obtained through successive decrees signed . Philippe,' but which will have to be coun tei signed sooner or later ' Adolf.' There is surely nowhere a Catholic so stupid that he believes that once a Nazi peace is assured Hitler will accept the rote of a benevolent spectator of a Christians renaissance which he knows fun well will sooner or later turn against him, and against Totalitarian nationalism and racism.

PRETENCE OF A CRUSADE • 'French Catholics supporting the enemy, spare yourselves now a disgusting pnetcnce of a crusade against Stalin, towards which you only contribute loud declamations. reminding us unpleasantly of those you have repeated for some ten years now against Hitler. The true danger is in your midst in the heart of Europe, and if Hitler to-day is paying off his old scores with Stalin, as he will soon with Mussolini and Franco, it is because he well knows that he is the supreme head and chief executive of a universal paganism.

" French Catholics rallying to theignemy, we will find ourselves again when the day comes; that day will be the day of justice, it will not be equal for ail. Justice shall spare the weak and strike the responsible.

She will reach the highest heads. These, in face of a savage people, a thousand times More blameworthy than us, and twenty-two years after the huge holocaust of 1914, dare to treat their own motherland like a public sinner, and invite her to expiate in slavery and shame a few months of Popular Front Government."




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