HC Deb 28 June 1944 vol 401 c698
3. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will instruct His Majesty's Minister to the Holy See to bring to the attention of his Holiness the Pope the use by the Germans of pilotless aircraft and to express the hope that his Holiness may feel moved to condemn this use of an undiscriminating engine of war.

Mr. Eden

No, Sir. His Holiness the Pope is no doubt already aware of the use which is at present being made by the Germans of these pilotless aircraft.

Mr. Driberg

Is it not the case that the Pope has, in the past, expressed general condemnation of indiscriminate warfare against civilians? Could it not be put to him respectfully that condemnation by him of this particularly barbarous weapon would carry great weight with the German Catholic hierarchy and, through them, with their flocks?

Mr. Eden

That is a matter for the Pope himself. I do not propose to make any request of this kind.