Church and State in France 1300-1907 (Classic Reprint)by Arthur Howard Galton
A book on a foreign country by a foreigner might seem to require a two-fold apology. At any rate, it imposes an explanation. To begin with, the subject here treated is not altogether foreign. I aim at describing the relations between the French State and the Court of Rome; and the Roman Curia professes to be an
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A book on a foreign country by a foreigner might seem to require a two-fold apology. At any rate, it imposes an explanation. To begin with, the subject here treated is not altogether foreign. I aim at describing the relations between the French State and the Court of Rome; and the Roman Curia professes to be an international organization. Its procedure, therefore, towards one nation must be studied as a possible precedent for its dealings with another. Every State is thus interested in the present quarrel between France and the Vatican, and has not only the right but the duty to understand it. Such an understanding can only be gained by some knowledge of the past; and some guidance for the attainment of this knowledge is all that is attempted in the present essay.
The writer has no wish to interfere with the internal concerns of our French neighbours and friends, or to take any side in their party politics. That was the grievous error of our own Tory party in 1793, and grievous penalties were exacted for it: not only the penalty of a tremendous and probably an avoidable war, but the penalty of reaction and long stagnation in our domestic affairs. Parliamentary Reform, Roman Catholic Emancipation, and a statesmanlike settlement of the Irish Question might have been carried by Pitt before the end of the eighteenth century, if our country, misled by Burke, had not interfered with the domestic policy of the new French Republic. Such errors will not be repeated by England, and we must hope that the new Germanic Empire, which still has so much to learn, may take warning by our example.
Putting these aspects of the question aside, the qualifications or the competence of a foreigner to deal with the affairs of another country may be challenged.
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