Prof. Dr. Romeo Gurakuqi/
Letra e transkiptuar e Regjentit të Delegacionit Apostolik në Shqipëri, Imzot Frano Gjini, drejtuar Enver Hoxhës, qe ushtronte funksionet e Kryeministrit te Qeverise se Perkoheshme dhe Komandantit te Pergjithshem te Forcave te Armatosura, qe kishin marre pushtetin pas vakumit institucional te fundvitit 1944.
Letra, qe ne fakt eshte nje proteste per shkeljen e te gjjtha standardeve te te drejtave njerezore, komunitare dhe kombetare, eshte derguar nga Selia e Nunciatures Apostolike ne Shkodër, me, 8 janar 1946.
Permbajtja e kesaj letre eshte shembull i kurajos dhe pergjegjesise ndaj detyres se marre persiper, ndaj popullit, komunitetit dhe kombit, ne ditet me erreta te vendosjes se regjimit te terrorit ne Shqiperi.
Letra eshte gjetur ne The National Archives ne Kew, London, UK, ne dy dosje:
“The Apostolic Delegation in Albania. Tirana, 8 Jan 1946.
To His Excellency Col.Gen. Enver Hoxha, Prime Minister and C and C of Albanian National Army.
Moved by a desire to permit the Albanian Catholic Clergy and People to make their contribution, even in these times of suffering, to the Nation’s reconstruction, to the consolidation of their hearts and the union of their Souls, We, who temporarily rule, as Regent of the Apostolic Delegation, certain that we interpret the feelings, not only of the Episcopate and whole clergy, but also those of the Catholic people of Albania, take the liberty to advance our free and open opinions.
Although the possibility of an understanding is daily becoming more difficult, the Catholic Clergy, with their true Albanian conscience, are ready to prove that their good will is not lacking, as it has never lacked, and that they are ready to surmount every difficulty and to use their authority in order to achieve this end.
The Albanian Catholic people and especially the Catholic Clergy have known at all times how to show their fiery patriotism with rare deeds, and to give cooperative assistance since the time of the re-birth of the Nations towards liberty, progress and culture, and to the formation of the Albanian conscience.
Like true Albanians, our Catholics would have given, even in more recent times, a great contribution towards the salvation of the Fatherland, if they had found a ground for National co-operation, and if the various ideological conceptions had not been disturbed, in manner which is in direct contradiction with their conscience and religious principles.
But while Catholics efforts continue to be looked upon with disfavour, and the Pope, The Vatican and the Catholic Clergy are attacked intermittently through conferences, through the radio, the newspaper “Bashkimi”, particularly since 2 December 1945, and while, directly of indirectly, the workings of religious and organizations, and above all of the Catholic Press, are being frustrated, it is not possible to diminish the disquiet of the Albanian Catholics.
Furthermore the faults of some members of the Catholic Clergy are being methodically exaggerated and taken advantage of (though the Catholic Clergy would be the first to denounce and punish these faults) and, completely regardles of the high merits of Catholicism in Albania, minor faults are confounded with major ones the guilty with the innocent, and such words as “Fascist, traitor, reactionary” are bandied about.
Unfortunately, confronted with these facts doubts as wakened naturally, amongst the people and the clergy- doubt, because the purpose is not only to fight the enemies of the State and People, but to attack directly or indirectly both religion and the progress of the people’s spiritual life. The Catholic Clergy and people, have the right to complain and to protest when they see that one side enjoys the rights, assistance and means for attack and propaganda and the other side has no freedom (guaranteed physically and morally by the authorities of the State, without fear of danger and suppression), to protect itself.
Thus we demand, equal freedom of speech and of press, of religion and organization and of private initiative, and representation in the National Assembly not only of material rights but also of the spiritual rights of all the Albanian people.
These demands are made by the Catholic Clergy:
a) in accordance with natural and historical rights.
b) in accordance with those freedoms which are declared by President Roosevelt on 6 January 1942, and which were accepted by the United Nations’s Agreement in San Francisco.
c) in accordance with the DECLARATION of the Antifaschist Council of National Liberation of Albania, on 23 October, 1944 (a declaration which with the liberation of Tirana, was announced through the streets of the Capital).
d) in accordance, finally, with the solemn promises which your Excellency, as Head of the Albanian Provisional Democratic Government, had occasion to make on 17 November, 1945, giving public answer to the Allies to the conditions which they had placed on their recognition of the Government headed by Your Excellency.
We conclude, repeating our sincere and prompt willingness to cooperate completely with all the strong powers of the Fatherland for the reconstruction of the Nations, for the consolidation of hearts and the union of souls.
Repenting our sincere and prompt willingness to surmount all difficulties and to use all our authority in order to achieve this purpose, as far as our conscience permits from the dogmatic point of view, and from the point of view of morality and basic discipline of the Catholic Church, to which we wish to remain faithful unto death, just as we wish to remain faithful to our beloved and much suffering Fatherland.
With highest esteem,
The Regent of the Apostolic Delegation, (signed) Frano Ma. Gjini.”