CARDINAL APPEALS TO ALL CATHOLICS
" In the name of all we hold sacred, I appeal to the Catholics of this country and of the world to condemn by word and deed the dastardly invasion of Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg by the merciless Nazi hordes."
This is the opening sentence of a strong letter printed in " The Times " of Wednesday from Cardinal Hinsley, Archbishop of Westminster.
The Cardinal continues: Arch-Enemy of Mankind
" The crucial time has come. In the nanie of reason and of faith, in the cause of humanity and of religion, the creed of Nazism must be denounced as the arch-enemy -of mankind.
" To save the world a new crusade' God wills it '—is neceseary unless the fair lands of the earth are to be turned into wastes of blood. The brotherhood of man, so eloquently proved by the Holy Father in his first Pastoral Letter to the world, the freedom of peoples, the moral law—everything in heaven and on earth that could possibly be of higher value—is sacrificed to Nazi ambition.
" Tanks and bombs, fire and ruthless destruction mark the inglorious passage over the countries which Nazis dominate, and the same blessings await yet other regions which the Nazis may engulf in the declared lust for world domination.
"Awake or be crushed by the unleashed forces of evil."
On Friday of last week the Cardinal wrote appealing for fair play for the Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican organ.
After recalling incidents related in the Press, he wrote :
Cardinal Appeals for Fair Play
" The Ossertiatore is the most impartial paper in the 'world. What has caused the attempted suppression of Its circulation? The answer seems to be— the publication of the Holy Father's telegrams to the Sovereigns of Belgium, Holland, and Luxemburg.
" Fascist papers are at the same time allowed, if not encouraged, to publish attacks on those who do not enthusiastically support the Party, and even on the Vicar of Christ himself, whose only aim is peace through justice.
"May we not as Catholics and as subscribers to the Osservatore Romano appeal for truth and fair play?"