Part Nine O change beyond report, thought, or belief! Milton. The following section has been written with some misgivings. For on the one hand it leads up, in a subsequent […]
This section is concerned with some of the most dramatic changes in the whole of history; changes whose ultimate significance has, in the popular sense, gone largely unreported, and because of that they have been accepted without comment by the world at large. But they are changes that have set the tone of our present; they are fashioning our future; and in time to come they will be so established that it will seem foolish, or eccentric, to question them.
In the Cardinal’s case there are signs, however tentative, that he had been persuaded to act a minor role in a major political scandal; or that he had taken a definite stand in a religious quarrel; and religious quarrels, like a civil war, admit of no quarter being given. There is, however, no trace of Monsignor Tort being involved in anything startling. He can only be the object of assumption – that he was the victim of personal weakness, of an accident, or of someone’s wish to discredit religion.
But as it is, the similarity between the two deaths is startling.
Part Four The Devil has recovered his citizenship rights in the Republic of culture. Giovanni Papini. Publicity flared to its maximum coverage when it was announced, in the summer of […]
Part Three I am certain that when in the Council I pronounced the ritual words ‘Exeunt Omnes’ (everyone out), one who did not obey was the Devil. He is always […]