SIR,—Much as every Catholic man must appreciate the manner in which your correspondent G. R. B. Sheldon has put forward the claims of the " Peace of Christ," and the return to Christian principles that must flow therefrom, it is a question whether this letter cannot be misconstrued to support the extreme
pacifist claims and be used to support the arguments of those misguided Catholics and non-Catholics who think that this world can be made a better place by singing hymns to " Tigers."
The essence of contrition is the fullest possible " restitution," and until there is some dawning comprehension of this in the national mind of our enemies we must steadfastly resist them. This Cross which we must take up may involve the further loss of many thousands of those we love. That is the price we must pay for our neglect of Christian principles when the former " Peace " was made. But let us be quite clear that there can be no peace until there is a definite change of heart in our enemies, and that will only be induced by suffering. Let us above all beware of incurring the Condemnation of the Scriptures regarding those who put their hand to the plough and then turn back.
C. E. SETON.
St. Christopher, Crossways Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey.
sia,—It seems to me that the time has now arrived when we should revise our war alms, at least, so far as what has
hitherto been put In the front rank, Le..
that the Germans must get rid of Hitler.
What right have we to make any such condition? Our excuse is that Hitler is not likely to implement any agreement into which he enters, therefore it is useless to try to come to terms with him.
If I remember aright we said the same thing a few years ago with regard to de Valera, and we put up J. H. Thomas to teach him financial probity! I suppose we shall next put up the Prime Minister of Little Britain (Craigavon) to give lessons in religious tolerance to Hitler!
We are, in effect, telling the Germans that if they want peace they must throw over the man who a few years ago found them in the gutter and has put them on their feet, making them again a world power. We promise them if they do, that although they must go back to the gutter we will make them as comfortable as possible.
Are they likely to throw over their Moses for such a prospect? It is on a par with Pharoah promising the Jews of his day that if they threw over their leader he would give them all the work they wanted as hewers of wood and carriers of water!
F. L. HEAD.
4, Edge Street, Kensington, W.8.
SIR,—I refer to your issue of March 21 under the heading, "Peace Points."
There is surely a remarkable omission here . . . the matter of Austria's fate? The action of Hitler against that country was every whit as much aggression as his action against Poland and Czechoslovakia: I speak from personal knowledge, as I lived there up to the Anschluss.
I have, indeed, noticed in more than one newspaper lately a tendency to speak much of Czechoslovakia and Poland, and omit all mention of Austria: can it be that there are Government circles who would like to let Austria slip out of the picture of Nazi aggression, and abandon that unhappy country to her fate? Or who are so ill-informed as to think that because A us t r i a surrendered under threat of massacre, she therefore would like to remain under the rule of Berlin?
To the many people who love Austria — and 1 am one of these — such suspicions are most painful, and I trust that the omission of Austria in the " Peace Points," as above mentioned, was accidental.
W. G. F. DEWAR. Highlands, Northern, N. Devon.
IMPORTED PAPERS IN IRELAND
Sue—The sub-editor gets blame that is due to me, for the caption to the paragraph on my friend Hugh P. Allen's slogan, San All Imported Papers! was written by me, exclamation mark and all. I always use the exclamation mark with a sentence in the imperative mood.
I meant no sneer. I agree with Mr Allen in this matter, and would support his plea for restriction of imported papers to decent publications licensed by national authority—if it were feasible.
YOUR IRISH CORRESPONDENT.