“The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne (Dr. Frank Woods) said last night he had ‘some sympathy’ with Friday’s Vietnam moratorium,” - The Age, May 4.
8 May, 1970: https://alor.org/Volume6/Vol6No17.htm
“As there was no reference in the report quoting Dr. Woods to the disastrous policies which have dragged out the Vietnam war, and made it a propaganda base on which every facet of civilised society has been attacked by the world wide communist conspiracy, it must be concluded that Dr. Woods like so many of his fellow clerics lacks a clear understanding of the forces using Vietnam to attack Christian civilisation, or what there is left of it.
It would appear that such church leaders have lost certain powers of conviction in deciding what they are purported to understand more than other sections of the community - the difference between good and evil. Thirty years ago the position of the Christian faith and its spokesman in regard to Communism was quite different. It would have been difficult to find any Church leader other than odd individuals like the Red Dean of Canterbury who would concede sympathy for an obvious Communist propaganda campaign. Today many of them are marching alongside communists and anarchists.
A former Anglican Archbishop and Primate of Australia, Hugh Gough, several years ago explained what we are now witnessing in the Christian Church:
“The Communists as we know, are adept at brainwashing, the art of destroying a man’s will to resist, and the Western World, in losing its sense of right and wrong, is playing into their hands.”
Dr. Woods will be praying for peace on the day of the Moratorium. Will he and those Christians who have “some sympathy” for the Moratorium pray for a peace, which brings freedom, knowing clearly the price, which may have to be paid to achieve that freedom?
Again Archbishop Gough was explicit:
“Christianity stands for Freedom and the nations who base their policy on the Christian doctrine of Freedom have always regarded this as the greatest treasure that man possesses, and to safeguard it life must be willingly laid down.” ”