your correspondent, Mr. L. F. Wise, pointed out that as the population of Australia and New Zealand are fantastically low, lack of man-power is a serious handicap to both countries at the present time. Ile suggests for after the war a largescale immigration from the SI itiSh Isles as the most effective deterrent to
Japanese militarism in the S.W. Pacific, This is certainly an honest, shrewd proposal in the intemest of the economy of the countries concerned as well as for the Security of the zone in ques tion. But it seems to rue that there
is a wider problem-that of a more adequate redistribution of the world's population-which should be studied immeclislely and grappled with during the conffiig decades. I agree that the problem is a formidable one owing to its multiple, most delicate aspects; but if we recognise its fundamental importance for a just and lasting peace, we must be prepared to devote to it even more courage and imagination than we are to-day giving to awar and the achievement of a military victory.
Since the United Nations have repeatedly affirmed that their peace aims are inspired by Christian principles, I may perhaps recall the declaration of December 11. 1940, in which the heads of the Christian communities in this country urged that '; the resources of the earth should be used as God's gifts of the whole human race, and used with due consideration for the needs of present and future generations." No one will with to deny that this formula covers those vast, rich territories (in North and South America, Africa and Australasia) whom owners, through nationalistic or economic egoism, are guarding them against exploitation. The fourth clause of the Atlantic Charter, while recognising that all States ought to have access to " the trade and raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity," contains no word as to the possibility of access to new lands by those States whose home country and national economy cannot offer sufficient work and economic security
to their excessive populations. For some of these States the very promise contained in the fourth clause is rendered empty by their inability to purchase raw materials with gold. On the other hand, they have man-power to allocate, a mass of unemployed who, remaining in their own country, are bound to fosnent social instability. Don Sturm who is an objective and keen observer of what is thought and said in the United States, wrote in the last issue of People and Freedom: " The Atlantic Charter has almost gone out of fashion, It is recalled as an historical fact (for many a very disputable one), but it is no longer -a practical programme." Perhaps this means that something better is, preparation in which the obvious ponts I have mentioned will be taken into considetation? It grieves me to voice my doubts on the matter, since everyone knows that certain generous plans for reconstruction and collaboration have a too unwelcome sound in the ears of many in spite of the fact that such plans alone can spare us another war in twenty-five years' time.
CARLO Proton (Dr.) 52, Cromwell Road, S.W.7.
YOUTH CLUBS stR,-At a recent conference of Catholic Youth Leaders which met in Liverpool, I talked with several young menand women who, like myself, find that their chief difficulty in running a parish club, is a complete lack of assistance from the clergy of the parish. Most of us have the blessing and approval ot the parish priest, but thia is not enough. When a Catholic club leadet is engaged alone, as I am, in organising a parish club, especially if it is a mixed one he, or she, is fully occupied in the externals of the organisation, and it is absolutely necessary. to have the assistance of at least one priest ..to attend to spiritual activities and to help the club to preserve a Catholic atmosphere. We are told that the work of Catholic youth leaders is a form of apostolate: we strive ICI make it trluy so, but there is a danger that, if the priest is not in touch with, or, best of all, part of, the club's activities, then the aim is lost In the difficulties of organising and Arranging these activities. Parish clubs are not doing any good unless they fulfil their most important aim, which is to care for the souls of Catholic boys and girls who know so many temptations in these days. We who are trying to do God's work in this particular way cannot succeed alone; we need the assistance of the parish clergy. A YOUNG PARISH CLUB LEADER.
CHAPLAIN'S PLEA Sta;—I could hardly thank you for your letter informing me that my supply of CATHOLIC HERALDS had been cut. I fully realise that there is indeed an acute shortage of newsprint, but never expected Illy supplies to be cut so low I have received twenty-six copies for disposal amongst 1,500 I I ant very anxious that our Catholic men should read as much Catholic literature as possible. Thus I turn to your readers again ; they have helped US in the past: no doubt they will help again in the future. Readers could forward on their copies when read to R.C. Chaplain. Colchester Garrison, and if they have any old " Messengers of the Sacred Heart " or any such like Catholic periodicals they would be most welcome. I can get plenty of Communistic propaganda, but there does seem to be a dearth of Catholic leaflets, periodicals and newspapers for the Forces. Our only hope is that your kind readers will come to our aid. With the co-operation of your readers we could have a Catholic Books Week on behalf of the Catholic men and women in the Forces.
G. Maori, S.C.F. (R.C.)
ICou/d we not have receptacles in the porch of our churches for the collection of Catholic literature of all kinds? Perhaps tile Catholic Libraries for H.M. Forces would organise this. If 30, we are sure they would be helped if junk and hopelessly out-of-date papers Were nal ,deposited. Even soldiers Me their literature fresh and sound.—F_D. C.H.1