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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

DANGER SPOTS.

VAYNOR EASTER. VESTRY.,

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COUNCILLOR C. GRIFFTTTTS AND…

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

THE ORIGIN OF TITHE.

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p THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ANr. SOCIALISM. Sir,—"Huw Menai" seems to juggle a good deal with his pet phrases in trying to substan- tiate his assertion that the Catholic Church must go before Socialism can be realised. It ia very kind of him to say that Socialism to me is merely a question of bread and butter. I am quite as enthusiastic and sincere in my Social- ism as its reckless exponents who quibble about it doing away with the Church. When one remembers the many fallacies and delusions tlar. exist about Socialism one is inclined to think that it suits certain people to defame Socialism. Strange as it may seem, Socialists themselves are responsible for a lot of those fallacies. Well educated people and sometimes our village lihil- osophers are heard to say that under Socahsin one would not be allowed to worship acc<i~>*oing to one's conscience; tho churches will dia fiom financial hunger, etc. "A Merthyr Catholic" tells me I "cannot den)" the fact that Social- ists are hostile to religion." Well, like every "ism" Socialism has its mob orators, and its wild exponents who preach what they conceive to be Socialism, and against what they conc3'7e to be its enemies, namely—members of the churches. Hence the misconception. But let it be ever remembered that Socialism as a sci- ence does not touch or interfere in any way with any creed or church or sect. It is a purely secular science as is Toryism or Liberalism. It only touches and deals with affaire of this world, such as land, railways and property. Under Socialism- all churches would be free. such as land, railways and property. Under Socialism- all churches would be free. The individual could worship in whatever church or chapel he pleased; there would be no State church. Socialism says, "If you want a church and clergy, you must pay for them yourself, and not tax othera who do not believe in them." "A Merthyr Catholic" brings me to book for referring to Father Hegearty, of Glasgow. He advised me to investigate, and said, I should find that Father Hegearty "spoke on his own authority, and not on the authority of the Catholic Church." A little later he draws my attention to Catholic papers of a few weeks ago, where a Catholic Bishop would not re- cognise another society because there were in their midst some of these Socialists. If a "Mer- thyr Catholic" applied that advice to himself he would find that the said Bishop did not act on the authority of the Church, bu on his own. Officers, as well as members, of the Catho- lio Church, differ in politics. For example, we have Bishops and Priests who oppose the demands of Ireland for justice; so also we have Bishops and Priests who fight hard to emancipa;te the Irish people. "A Merthyr Catholic" reminds us of the Tenth Command- ment that says, "Thou shalt not covet thy; neighbours' goods," but it should be clearly un- derstood that the Socialists are not against pri- vate property in the great means of production. Socialism says give to each approximately the product of his toil as his private property, and prevent somo from securing for their private property that for which they have not labour- ed. Then he went on to tell the workman his duty to an employer of labour, to carry out his task honestly, etc.; ho also told the em- ployer his obligations, and concluded by say- ing that social inequalities are a law of Provi- dence. Your correspondent pins his faith to the old rotten method of preaching mercy to the rich and patience to the poor. As a Catho- lie, I say those social inequalities are the nee- essary result of the present industrial system- Yours, etc.,

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