In his presidential address to the Convocation of York, Dr A M Ramsey, the Archbishop of York, spoke out against the sin of anti-Semitism.
He said: “It is a tragedy that at the moment when hopes for the peace of the world are so high there have been outbursts of that loathsome thing – anti- Semitism – in a number of countries, including our own.
“Let men’s consciences everywhere realise that it is vain to long for peace and at the same time to indulge in those hatreds which make true peace impossible.”
The Archbishop of York said: “Both the East and the West realise that war can gain no purpose for them; and yet, with the piling up of armaments, the danger of war is ever present.
“Christians have been divided into those who stand for unilateral nuclear disarmament, and those who believe that disarmament must be by agreement and inclusive of every kind of weapon.
“I believe that the common ground of both points of view is considerable. At the present time Christian conviction within the Western nations ought to press urgently that our governments are ready at every stage with their own proposals worked out as fully as possible, and with the corollaries of disarmament for their national economies worked out as far as possible.
“The will to disarm exists in the statesmen of the great powers as perhaps as it has not existed before.
“Let there be behind that will, an immense pressure of amongst the peoples that no state shall possess enough forces or weapons to be able to indulge in aggression.”