Saturday, February 20, 2010

23Sep1870, The Capture of Rome

HOLKER, September 23rd, 1870.
The great war so absorbs one that an event probably far more enduring in its effects hardly excites talk. The King of Italy and his army, after some fighting, have taken possession of Rome as the capital of Italy : the Pope being of course no longer defended by French soldiers. Can this really be the Fall of the Temporal power ? It seems so ; one might hope something from it, but the miserable silence and submission of the Opposition Bishops since the Infallibility decree was passed disheartens one altogether as to any Catholic reformation.

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