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Organisations: Polish Church
People: Z. Choromanski
Locations: Warsaw

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Bishops support peace' appeal

THE Warsaw Communist Press claims that the Polish Hierarchy has given its support to the "Stockholm Appeal." This appeal, and the " peace" catnpaign which is conducted around it. is the principal weapon now being used by the Communists against the Church in the Iron Curtain countries. In the West they use it to weaken the will to resist the spread of Communism and so to strengthen Soviet aggression. According to the Communist press, Bishop Z. Choromanski, Secretary of the Polish Episcopate, has made the following statement: " The Hierarchy takes a positive attitude towards the Stockholm Appeal, as a factor in the peaceful solution of international affairs. "The Hierarchy will support the peace action, initiated by the mass signing of this appeal. " Atomic energy, the biggest discovery of human genius should contribute towards making humanity happy and not towards its extinction."

The statement is dated June 22. On June 24 leading Commuaist papers published the declaration, hut added some malicious comments.

New demand

They asserted that the Hierarchy realised their " isolation " in the Polish community which " willingly and voluntarily " had signed the " Appeal " some weeks ago. The picas is now demanding that the Bishops should admonish those priests who have refused to support the " peace" campaign, On June 28 Warsaw papers reported that six Polish Bishops had already signed the " Appeal." Bishop Choromanski was one of the principal negotiators of the Polish Church-State agreement, to which he was a signatory. The agreement committed the Bishops to qualified support for the regime.




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