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On The Referendum
Sir,-Bishop Burgmann, in a diocesan letter, has urged the public to vote "No" at the
The Bishop solemnly hints that a "Yes" victory 'would deliver the country into the "authori- tarian" hands of the "unduly large number" of Catholics in
Nobody will deny that the Catholic Church is utterly op- posed to the principles of Com- munism under any name, be it "collectivism," "Marxism" or "Titoism"; but it is safe to say that 95 per cent, at least of Aus- tralians, no doubt including Bishop Burgmann, are opposed to those principles.
Voting "Yes" at the referen- dum does not mean only that you are opposed to Communism, but also that you are in agreement with Mr. Menzies' plan to. sup- press it in Australia.
I am a Catholic, and I can say that not once have I heard a Priest advise his flock to vote "Yes," by word, by letter, or by any other means. Catholics who vote "Yes" will no doubt do so in order to deliver the country from the totalitarian machina- tions of international Com- munism.
Furthermore, I will wager that Bishop Burgmann cannot produce evidence that any Catholic mem- ber of Parliament, acting strictly according to his religious convic- tions, has ever been responsible for any act affecting the people of which the Archbishop of Canterbury himself would dis-1