Sixty prominent Catholics in U.S.A. have appealed for aid to Britain. This is their appeal :
" We, as American citizens-and Catholic Christians, believe that American institutions based as they are on Christian principles are facing appalling danger. Hitlerism, like Communism, seeks to subvert Christianity by setting up a warped vision of racial superiority and an omnipotent State in the place of God. In Hitlerism, as in Communism, the dignity and rights of the human person are annihilated in brutal subjection to the collective State. We must recognise it for what it is—the denial of God and of all that makes life worth living for Christian peoples in the rejection of every spiritual and'moral restraint.
" Front this all its actions follow in sequence: it is ruthless without honour: it attacks by lies and subterfuge as readily as by overwhelming force of arms. It has given its followers a svision of world conquest' and dominion and convinced them that there is no other evil than the interference in its accomplishmeat of this purpose.
USURPERS OF GOD " Under this threat none of the conflicts that have divided Western civilisation should he permitted to obscure this traenscendant issue. Whatever sonje of us may feel concerning the actions of England in the past, her defeat in the present war will mean the triumph of those who would usurp the things of God. We believe that there is only one way in which we can prevent our civilisation from falling under the domination of Hitler's evil despotism and ultimately going down into the pit with it—we must give ail possible help to Great Britain in order that she may carry on the war to victory, lest we arc left to face the Dictators of Europe and Asia alone.
" We believe this danger imminent, therefore as American citizens and as Catholics, we declare that we give our full support to the Government of the United States for every prudent and effective effort it may make to overcome this evil thing."