—SAYS CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS In a strongly worded speech to the " Sword of the Spirit " in London on Saturday Mr. Christopher Hollis criticised Catholic indifference to religious values and compared them unfavourably with "resurgent Protestants."
Indicting Continental and American Catholics, he instanced Italy and Spain, Italy. he said, was a country intimately bound up with the Papacy, whose Government had constant], boasted that it had closed the traditional quarrel between Church and State, yet which in this patently Christian issue had come down on the side of anti-Christianity.
Referring to America, which he had recently visited, Mr. Hollis described his experiences. " The main obstacle to proBritish sentiment," he stated, " and one which has been giving the gravest concern to the authorities at Washington, has been the attitude of American Catholics.
" In America it is very easy, for instance, to publish accounts of the persecution of the Church in Germany in the non-Catholic Press : it is almost impossible to get Catholic publishers or papers to print anything of the kind. They suspect that it is a dodge to bring America into the war. There are, of course, notable exceptions among individual American Catholics, but it is somewhat humiliating that the most we can prove is that the Catholic support of Hitler has not been unanimous !
" So it is idle to be complacent; idle to think that if everyone were Catholic everything would be fine; idle to pretend that the general political record of Catholics has shown there to be morally superior or heaver or more sympathetic to the cause of right than others. There is. of course, nothing new in the attack upon the Church.
" We Catholics have complacently.
assumed that we are the only people to be Christian, and that Protestants differ from us in that they are less religious. But now it is vigorous, resurgent Protestants who object to Catholics because of their indifference to religion 1"