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Washington Letter U.S. Envoys Seen Wm dng Ha 'd To war Americans Ambassadors Claim No Freedom In Spain, No Persecution By Tito Washington--(NC) -- This is story of two ambassadors. They are Stanton,, Griffis, Uni- ted States Ambassador to Spain~ and George V. Allen, United States Ambassador to Yugoslavia. The first, Mr. Griffis, seems dedi- cated to demonstrating that Pro- testants do not enjoy full relig- ious liberty in Spain, and to threatening Generalissimo France with the loss of U.S. assistance if he doesn't do something about it. The other, Mr. Allen, seems even more dedicated, if anything, to proving that Catholics are only getting what's coming to them in Yugoslavia, and to seeing to it that Marshal Tire gets U.S. assis- tance despite the fact that he is engaged m a vicious and wide- spread religious persecution. This was brought out very im- pressively in the closing days of his report, and that he understood that Ambassador Griffis in Madrid has made the arrangements for him to see the President. It was in many ways a strange story. The evangelist said he had been back in the United States about two months, from what he described as a tour of Spain. He said be preferred not to disclose how long he had spent in Spain. And yet, after a visit of undis- closed duration and after being home two months, at the behest of the U.S. Ambassador to Madrid, he was received at the White House to say he had found "very little religious freedom" in Spain. This brought to mind the fact that, not many days before, C. L. Sulzberger of The New York Times had quoted Ambassador Gritfis as saying "that he told Generalissimo France this year that the United States insisted that the Protestant and Jewish minorities in Spain should have absolute religious freedom of all rites." It also brought to mind that, in the United States Senate in March. 1950, Senator Owen Brewster o~ Maine brought out that the so- called "Protestant problem" "in Spain was "grossly misrepresent- American Chamber of Commerce at Barcelona, Spain, who stated 1951. that "I personally had never heard Only a few days ago a Baptist kof any such thing as a Protestant evangelist, the Rev. Paul E. FreedJ problem in Spain" until he read a of Greensboro, N.C., called on]story by an American newspaper- President Truman at the White lman the year before. "I thought House When he issued from the ithat this article grossly misrepre- " a'd executlve offices, he told the re-[sented the facts of the case, s I porters in the foyer that he had iMr. Klein, "and in this way not just come back from Spain; that i only harmed the reputation of the "there is very little religious Spanish people and Government, freedom" there; that "the Presi-Jbut at the same time did great dent was very much interested" in harm to our own American inter- ests." - i "Protestant pastors in Spain ~J ...... J [have repeatedly stressed the fact ~ V ~ n I that they suffer from the lack of i B q[J | V q[A | ~ [freedom of worsh!p .and freedom [of speech, Mr. r~zem con~muea, I "which apparently has aroused i HARVAR~ i]public indignation in Great Brit- i _ =ann ,_n..-- Blain and the United States. May I I Sunnlv Eauioment JJsay that I have found these state- _ j- - r ,- , _ - _ _" " ...... J] ments misleading and inexact, and ~l PLUMBING-HEATING- FUMP~ el after talking the matter over with ~o ~,,~,h A .... I]some of the pastors, they them- "| f.'"~:"'..:."~" i]selves admitted that they might i ~arvora, liJ~nols |lhave been over-zealous in their ~icomplaints. It seems to me that the Protestants of, say Barcelona II cannot complain of lack of free- I dam to worship, when they have argl over 20 authorized chapels func- tioning regularly and without the slightest difficulty or interfer- ence." Lumber-Coolt Vim(emt A. S(Ikulb Craim Feed It can be assumed, of course, that Mr. Klein has lived in Spain longer and knows it better than does Ambassador Griffis or the Rev. Mr. Freed. One cannot recall hearing of a single Protestant minister who is in jail in Spain, but it is well t THE FIRMS WHOSE ADVERTISEMENT APPEARS BELOW, CONSISTENTLY OFFER THE FINEST IN GOODS AND SERVICES. MAKE IT A HABIT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM. COAL--FUEL OIL--OIL BURNERS--STOKERS HADLEY BROTHERS INC. 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He was quoted as saying other things, and the net result was so shocking that the State Department got out a statement saying "Ambassador Allen has made no statement on the subject of Archbishop Stepi- nac's release." The Department admitted, however, that the Am- bassador gave newspapermen and U.S. Congressmen "background material on political considerations involved in this question," and that "this has included an account of the views of the Yugoslav gay- ernment." Well, everyone knows what the views of the Yugoslav government are. The Florida Catholic said edi- torially that this was "an embar- " a h ta rassed statement th t t e S te Department issued, and that "seemingly he (Ambassador Al- len) looks upon himself as Tito's chief propagandist for the 'forced conversion' to Titoism of the American people." So, there you have two Ambas-] sadors from our country--one try- ing to put Generalissimo France, "in a bad light" with our people, presumably so that we can hold up the financial aid we have al- ready voted; the other trying to "sell" Red Marshal Tito to the American people, presumably so that we can, without blushing, lend him many more millions. Charity Nuns Open Fourth Establishment In Canada Within Four-Year Period Montreal --(NC)-- The Daugh- ters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who opened their first house in Montreal--a home for aged couples~less than two months ago, have established a novitiate for Canadian candidates to the com- munity at Coaticook in the Arch- diocese of Sherbrooke, just north of the Vermont border. Jewish Nurse Who Helped Nuns Returns To U. S. Munich --(NC)-- Col. Jeanette Blech, the Jewish nurse who made it possible for 60 German Vincen- tian Sisters to go to Rome for the Holy Year and received a message of appreciation from His Holiness Pope Plus XII, has returned to the United States She had served for several years a chief nurse at the 98th American General Hospital here. Colonel Blech, who has been a member of the American Army Nurse Corps for 32 years, spon- sored a fund to make it possible to send the Vincentian Sisters, who worked with her, to Rome for the pilgrimage. Early in 1950 Ameri- can personnel at the hospital began to raise contributions for this pur- pose. Contributions were received from patients and even former patients back in the United States. "The exquisite spirit of charity of Col. Jeanette Blech, source of her self-sacrificing devotion to the sick and wounded in the Schwab- inger Krankenhaus (now the 98th General Hospital), Munich, and of her noble generosity to the Vincen- OUR SUNDAY VISITOR 8A The Observer Edition . January 6__ 195___~_2 tian Sisters in this Holy Year of Jubilee, has cheered Our paternal heart, and We pray that God may reward her abundantly with His richest blessings.'~ Catholic Historians Elect Prof. Sontag Of U. Of California New York~(NC))-- Prof. Ray- mend J. Sontag of the University of California was elected president of the American Catholic Histori- cal Association at its 32nd annual meeting here. Prof. John T. Far- rell of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C., was elected first vice president. Two veteran officers re-elected were Msgr. John K. Cartwright, rector of St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington, D. C., who now begins his 20th year as treasurer, and the Rev. John Tracy Ellis, professor of American Church History at the Catholic University of America, named to his llth term as secre- tary. The Rev. J. Joseph Ryan of St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Mass., was elected second vice president. Two new members of the executive council are Prof. William F. 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