Page 2, 6th November 1981

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Page 2, 6th November 1981 — Texan bans bomb

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Texan bans bomb

BISHOP Matahiesen of Amarillo. Texas, who spoke out recently against the manufacture of neutron bombs in his diocese has spoken of the great support he has received and made further condemnation of the nuclear arms race.

"There is hope in the land" said the bishop "voiced by so many of you who wrote from 28 States and 4 countries 92"„ calling for a faith-filled response to the challenge of this terror of our time".

Bishop Matthiesen wrote a general letter of reply, explaining that the sheer volume of letters to him had made it impossible to reply individually.

He repeated his criticism or the

nuclear arms race in the U.S.A.: "There is a mindlessness in our land. It is the most common denominator. We do not know, and we do not care to know, the enormity of the holocaust being prepared. We prefer business as usual, with the emphasis on economic security. Not morality but the flow of money is the arbiter of what is right or wrong" he said.

The bishop also spoke of the fear both of those who supported a nuclear build-up in fear of the Soviet Union and those who feared a nuclear holocaust. He said there was "a hunger for peace" and that the voice of the peacemakers had to be heard.

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