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The Pope and the peace

24 May 2019

May 23rd, 1919.

A PASTORAL letter from Cardinal Bourne was read in the churches and chapels of his jurisdiction last Sunday calling for thanksgivings and intercessions at the present time. Referring to the Peace Conference, his Eminence reminded his people that “there has from the beginning until now been no official recognition on the part of the members of the Conference of the fact that unaided human wisdom, however great, must of necessity ultimately fail and be confounded. God has been excluded from the deliberations of that assembly; and who, then, need wonder if its findings and conclusions have so far given little satisfaction, and but scanty hope to the anxious World?” What he says is profoundly true, and is a painful commentary on the divided state of Christendom. M. Clemenceau is believed to be non-Christian, President Wilson is a Methodist, Mr Lloyd George a Baptist, and Signor Orlando — we do not know what he is. Things might have been different if the Pope had not held aloof during the war, and refused to condemn those who embroiled the world in it. He could then have put in his claim for the Holy See to be represented at the Conference. What an opportunity has been lost!

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