GENERAL- KUGOWN - SPECIFIC - PT 1 : CATHOLIC CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Created: 4/28/1954

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ACOS, Guatemala City

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atholic Church Activities

Wo are very pleased with your report in refince we, too, consider it highly ioportant to mobilise antt-oommuniet activities of both Csthollc Church dignitaries and of Catholic lay organisations and publicationsontinuous and rapidly increasing scale.

Wo suggest that ESSEKX (or any other contacts which you night bo sole to utilise for this purpose) may make use of some or all of tho following arguments when dealing with either Church dignitoriGs or loaders of Catholio lay groups or publicationsi

gratitude for tbe pastoral letter, stressdonestic and its international effoct andurgent need for more such active, spiritualthe face of tho growing communist throat.

fear that Connies will interfere withIn schools, with catholio youth activitiesaspects of church life, as they did whereverincreased.

o. Suggest that the Church might warn the faithful against inevitable spiritual oontanination through the conrole-lod fronts (which should be listed by name, indicating each grog's affiliation with international conmunistsuch as HFDT, WIDF, IUS, WPC, etc*)

d. Lay organisations andoil cations night warn the people that Guatenala will Isolate itself from all Latin America (politically, cccncsrlcally and spiritually) if it continues to be springboard for the international communist conspiracy.

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3. In /ourrith Catholic publications and radio program, yyi Bightin addition tooYeft tivt itt not be sufficiento tell what Uie communists did to the Church and to people in general in far-away countries such

as Russia (for ifcope fut* the average Gnctctsalan may not corn)pular rev:lsioi a, ainat corjsunie.t, it appears necessarythe* axocricneeg- ino_ntries clorely to the personalInb-rostaur local audience. This could be done, for, c:'ll/ lujw the local cliurch wo-lo be turnedor tho "Fightingow thoIiciVid theirith the "Redow thelenin, Stalin txyc ilclenkov wo-li repltem the pict-res of thecv%tU HIj*.

h. rao M'JS to initiate parallels action in other Latin American countries.

5. ilease keep us informed about the progrens of your activities

alonj tho atovo lines and soul un copies oi all materials which "light result froi;tivltlcs.

JEROT-S: C.

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