27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 1

Several correspondents have drawn our attention to an infamous letter

written by Bishop Fogarty, Roman Catholic Bishop of Killaloe, in the Dublin Evening Telegraph. It is bad enough, and certainly a very significant sign, that the Sinn Fein leaders who acknowledge their political faith publicly have said no word, so far as we know, in denunciation of murder. But it was reserved for Bishop Fogarty to write words which can hardly fail to be used by frenzied men who harbour murder in their hearts as an excuse for any crime of violence. Bishop Fogarty's letter was written in answer to some words used by Lord Chief Justice Molony. The Lord Chief Justice in trying a very had case of crime deplored " the depth of moral degrada- tion to which some people in County Clare have allowed them- selves to fall." These were obviously right and proper words for a Judge to use.