'That there is a crying need for Catholic-inspired enlightenment on
the war issues in the Argentine is confirmed through perusal of the latest number of the magazine Orden •Cristiano, which has just reached us and is published under Catholic auspices in Buenos Aires to combat totalitarianism.
Our readers will recall a recent interview with an Englishman who, returning front that country, told how Catholics there believe, thanks to the efficiency of Nazi propaganda, that " Cardinal Hinsley is pro-Nazi."
This Buenos Aires review, illustrated on its front cover with the classic Sr. Michael, with sword and winged demon under the inscription Veritas Liberabit Vox (the truth will set you free), is in its first year of publication. It has still to make headway among a suspicious Catholic public, and deserves every help that can be given it from here.
THE FIRST AIM Says the editor, quite frankly, in reply to a letter the review publishes and which was sent by a reader who voices the anti-British feelings prevalent among the majority of Argentine Catholics: " The fight against totalitarian heresies is the first aim of our review. If our correspondent wants to understand why we pursue this aim. we recommend him to re-read the declaration of the Argentine Hierarchy published in our No. 9 issue, which reads as follows. ` We re mind Catholics that the Church has justly condemned the following: " ' (I) The doctrine of the Totalitarian State denying the supreme and intrinsic rights of persons and families, which arc rights ranking before those of States, as also the rights of the Church which have God for their origin ; " (2) The doctrine of Racism, which makes its supreme aim that of perfecting a given race because it is considered to be a superior species of humanity, and asserts that religion and juridical orders emanate from the racial instinct in the blood df that given race.' " After suggesting that the correspondent scolds the review because it acts in accordance with the bishops' declaration, the editor refutes the charge that his publication attacks the German people as such, preferring, rather, to work for their emancipation, and quoting a German priest correspondent who thanks the editor for being scrupulous in never " identifying the German nation with its masters."
SIGNIFICANT COMMENT But the most significant comment in the editorial reply is the following, which confirms once more the deep inroads Ggebbels' thorough propaganda has made in Argentine Catholic minds: " Our correspondent complains that we denounce Communism with less vigour than we do Nazism. This is true, and we admit it. But our motives are not those he suggests." (The correspondent had hinted at the review serving, primarily the purposes of pro-Allies' propaganda, and had made the clever innuendo that " many people suspect that your anti-Nazi propaganda would cease the moment the German soldier changed over to the ranks of those defending the interests of the British Empire.") After reminding the correspondent that the Holy Father has denounced atheistic Communism for its inevitable political consequences of hatred and
persecution of religion, the editor goes on : " We think, nevertheless, that in these days the spiritual danger threatening Argentine Catholic opinion springs much less from atheistic Communism than front totalitarian racism. We, at any rate, are not aware of the existence in our country of any practising Catholic sympathetic towards Communism; on the other hand we know a few who flirt with Nazism. Consequently, we believe it our duty to concern ourselves, less with Communism, which everybody has already condemned, than with Nazism, which, though condemned by the Pope, has apparently not been condemned with adequate vigour by some believers who would do well to obey more strictly the decrees of the Holy See." The energetic Orden Cristiana is a
refreshing oasis in the midst of so much Nazi-inspired South American printed matter.