Among Archbishop McGrath 's papers is a copy of a report he sent to Rome on 7 Mar. 1960 . This report, prepared at the request of the Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council , summarises the Archbishop 's attitude to Wales and illustrates clearly his contribution to Welsh life. Writing of the Catholic community in Wales and answering the question, what is its future in Wales , he pointed out that the Catholic community was very largely of immigrant stock and with a large element whose forebears had come from Ireland . Though now settled in Wales for some generations, it had remained largely outside the cultural life of Wales . The most significant development in Wales since World War I , wrote the archbishop , was the decline of the Welsh language. Directly, this decline did not affect the life of the Catholic community to any great extent. Indirectly, however, it was a source of great danger for the future. He foresaw a continuing and accelerating decline of the language which would undermine the religious life of the nation and lead to widespread religious indifference. This indifference would undermine respect for family life and would lead to widespread divorce, to legalised abortion, to a lack of respect for life and property and to the abandoning of Christian standards in the relationships between the sexes. The significance of this analysis is not the accuracy of its vision of the future, striking as that is Archbishop McGrath 's special contribution to the life of the Catholic community in Wales and to the life of Wales was his clear insight into the importance of the Welsh language and its historic culture. He enabled many fellow Catholics to see that the two are inseparable and that their fortunes and continuance are essential to the religious health of the nation and even to the survival of the Christian religion in Wales .
Most Reverend Daniel Joseph Mullins, Swansea
Published date: 2001