Page 4, 8th December 1978

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"The Herald Says" (November 3) asks: "Are Catholics free from the rat-race and the cloying rubbish of capitalism's forced materialism?"

The sentence seems to criticise capitalism by attributing to it the forced materialism. I am convinced that "capitalism" in the UK, with 60 per cent of jobs under the Government's control as recently indicated by Mr Heath, hardly deserves the name.

The so-called by you "forced materialism" of British "capitalism" certainly does not interfere with freedom of belief or with religious life and practice, contrary to the Marxist materialism which prosecutes religion, as has been only recently recalled widely in connection with the election to Papacy of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla from Poland.

Although Poland is one of the most religious Catholic nations, it has been subjected to programmed atheism by its Soviet-imposed Marxist regime.

In 1906 even before the appearance of any Communist State, Sergei Bulgakov showed in his book "Karl Marx as a Religious Type" that atheism was the chief inspirational and emotional hub of Marxism and that all the rest of the doctrine had simply been tacked on. Ferocious hostility to religion is Marxism's most persistent feature. according to Solzhenitsyn.

Religious persecution in all Communist States --imprisonment and suffering of Cardinals Mindszenty of Hungary, Wyszynski of Poland, Stepinac of Jugoslavia. Reran of Czechoslovakia, Slipyj in the Soviet Union ---seem to confirm Bulgakov's theory.

T. J. Schafer Harlow, Essex.

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