Catholic Stand

A forthright statement that went far toward clarifying the stand of the Catholic Church in World War II was issued last week by the Church's Archbishops and Bishops of the U.S. In the most resounding language yet used by an important Catholic hierarchy, the Bishops declared that America was fighting a righteous war "in the defense of life and right," and urged all Catholics to unite Dec. 8 "in praying for a victory and for a peace acceptable to God."

Such language had significance not only for U.S. Catholics, but for church members all over the world. Obviously, this militant...