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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 8. June 13, 1957

A Message from Father Huddleston

A Message from Father Huddleston

We posed the same question as that we put to Dr. Soper, to Rev. Father Trevor Huddleston. C.R., well known for his brave work in South Africa. He replied: "Much as I would love to do this for you. I'm afraid 1 am at present simply snowed under with requests of this kind and I simply dare not undertake any more. I'm sure you'll appreciate this doesn't mean that I am not interested or indeed encouraged by your request, but there is a limit to what I can do . . . Best wishes."

In place of a personal message, we cite a few sentences from the end of an article by Father Huddle stone on the recent "treason" trials in South Africa: "And if you are a Christian and do nothing about these things—it seems to me—you will face an even longer sentence from an even sterner Judge one day.

"I would prefer to be called a traitor, and punished for it, by Mr. Justice Rumpff—or whoever is called upon to preside on this fantastic but fateful occasion—than to commit that other treason and deny the presence of my Master in the person of my brother.

"If to affirm human rights and decencies is Communism, then I am a Communist: and if to fight for them is high treason, I am proud to be a traitor."—"Tribune" 11th January, 1957.