The Encyclical of Leo XIII on the Condition of Labour; Together with Letters from the Vatican, 1889
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... their influence in the world might be nintil they cease to cling anxiously with one foot to the rock of temporal authority. This is the prerequisite of: any real exercise of Papal influence in the social sphere, if only because it would, for the first time, give them time to think about the great problems of our age. For one thought that is spared in the Vatican to the amelioration of the condition of mankind, there must be a hundred devoted to the restoration of the Temporal Power. When I first went to the Vatican, prepared to hail with eager welcome every indication, however faint, that at the headquarters of the Church there was something of the same spirit that prevails in the Archiepiscopal Palaces of Westminster and Dublin, I was somewhat rudely disabused of my illusion. In the office of the Secretary of State, the high official who received me seemed to think of nothing so much as the Temporal Power. That was the sine qua non, that was the first indispensable. There even seemed some courteous surprise that any one could deem the questions which I had come to urge as even worth consideration, compared with the all-important, all-engrossing subject of the restoration of the Temporal Sovereignty of the Pope. It was as if a man had travelled from afar to learn from the lips of some great physician how a terrible pestilence might be stayed, and the only counsel which he heard was, " To offer a cock to Bsculapius." Nay, it was worse; for after the cock had been offered no one would have been one penny the worse, whereas, if the Temporal Power were re-established, the difficulty of utilising the Church for humanitarian purposes would have been immeasurably increased. Of course, I am aware that the attitude, which, I admit, is by no...
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