57, Parliament Hill,
Friday, 30th October, 1936.
Fr. Valentine Elwes,
Dear Reverend Father,
Mr. Young, with whom you have been having correspondence apropos our talk at the Dinner to Mr. Ben Tillett recently, has asked me to send you a brief precis of the points that we desire to bring to the notice of His Grace the Archbishop, at the informal talk that he has so graciously consented to give us to-morrow evening.
It is very difficult adequately to set out what is in the minds of some of us Catholics in the Trade Union and Labour Movement. Were I gifted with the order of mind of an Aquinas, my task and your own would be much easier. The following points represent the difficulties, some of them at least, which we want to talk about and have the guidance of His Grace:
(1) The atrocities alleged to have occurred in the early stages of the present Spanish Civil War, have, it is felt, been used by certain British papers as a means of alienating the sympathy and loyalty of Catholics in the British Labour Movement against the said Movement. That is to say, there is a grave doubt as to whether the outcry and expressions of horror of some of these papers on what has occurred and is occurring in Spain is genuinely pro-Christian or at least pro-Catholic, or whether the whole situation is not being used for purely political motives in this country, by an attempt to connect the orthodox British Labour Movement to Communism.
(2) A large number of Catholics believe that the present situation in Spain has been brought about, not by Communist influence, but by the Rising of General Franco and his followers