Messersmith, G.S., Mexico City. To Sumner Welles, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Has talked with President Avila Camacho on several occasions recently; told President it was difficult to understand lukewarm attitude of Church, particularly of Sinarquistas, to war effort; President related, in later conversation, that he had asked Archbishop to come see him, and apparently made it clear to Archbishop that the church was not helping itself or Mexico by this lack of clearly defined attitude on the war; has learned from good sources that Archbishop intends to make more energetic declarations on the attitude of the church and the clergy to the war; fortunate to have man such as Avila Camacho as head of Mexican State; a man of deep and resolute convictions, he is also wise, considering he has not traveled and his background is largely military.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.