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CORRESPONDENCE.I

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS…

WHAT DO TRADE UNIONISTS THINK?

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THE PURCHASE OF CYFARTHFA…

I DISTRESS AT* CEFN COED.

SHEEP DESTROY CEFN GARDENS.

CATHOLICS AND SOCIALISM.

WHY A CATHOLIC (MNNOT BE A…

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WHY A CATHOLIC (MNNOT BE A SOCIALIST. Sir,—In your issue of the 17th of April, there appeared a letter from "Merthyr Vale Social Democrat," in which he informed "Searcher of Truth" that there existp various Catholic societies founded on Socialistic princi- ples. But I think if he read Catholic papers a few weeks ago, he would find that a Catholic Bishop would not recogriisa another society be cause there were in their midst some of these Socialists. If they do exist, they are very few, and in no way confirm the statement that a Catholic can be a Socialist. Again, he sa/d that Father Hegearty, of Glasgow, advocates Socialism whenever and wherever he gets the opportunity, but if he would investigate he would find that Father Hegearty spoke on his own authority, and not on the authority of the Catholic Church and, further, I do not think at the present time he advocates the famo. "Merthyr Vale Social Democrat" concluded by saying, "What has Socialism. or in other words, socialisation of production, to do with Catholicism?" Does Socialism end there? I, for one. think not. I maintain that a Roman Catholic cannot be a Socialist, because the Church docs not recognise it, but condemns it because it tries to rob the rightful possessor. The authority of Divine law forbids Roman Catholics in the gravest terms even to covet that which is another; (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his house, nor his field, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his). The Tenth Commandment says: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours' goods," the rights here spoken of as belonging to each indi- vidual man. The Catholic Church teaches the workman to carry out his task honestly; never to injure capital, nor outrage the person of an employer; never to employ violence in repre- senting his own cause, to have nothing to do with men of evil principles who work upon artful promises and raise foolish hope; n-ever to forget his duty to an employer of labour, who is taught in a. graver and firmer tone that his great and principal obligation 's to give to every one that which is just. and that to de- fraud any one of wages that are due i.j¡ a crime which cries to the avenging ang-er of Heaven. This refutes the charge of Mr. Stitt Wilr-on and Company that the Church favours and protects the capitalist. Again, "Merthyr Vale Social Democrat" cannot deny the fact that So- cialists are hostile to religion. He should read what Socialists have done in Franco to try to abolish the Church, and read the addresses of the Italian Socialists at their recent Parlin- mentary election, and their intentions towards the Church. The Church says that social inequalities are a law of Providence. Here, if nowhere else. Socialism would bo in contra- diction to Catholicism; thus making it im- possible for a Catholic to be ft Socialist.—I remain, vours, etc., A MERTHYR CATHOLIC.

"HUW MENAI" AND COUNMLOR\…

iTREDEGAR SCHOOL MANAGERS…

EBBW,VALE CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.

THE MINERS' OUT OF WORK FUND.

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

CYFARTHFA CASTLE.

LINGERING COUGHS

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