The terms of the agreement modifying the Concordat of 1892 between the Holy See and Colombia signed at the Vatican at the end of April by Cardinal Maglione, Papal Secretary of State, and Dr. DavieEchandia. Colombian Ambassador to
the Holy See, have met with general approval in Bogota.
El Tlempo, the capital's liberal daily, owned by President Eduardo Santos, comments:
" Public opinion has received with general approval the conclusion of the agreement that will guarantee the most cordial relations between the ecclesiastical and civil powers. This event is the natural result of a policy of comprehension and good understanding, loyally practiced by the representatives of the two powers governing the spiritual and temporal destinies of the Colombian collectivity. With it religious peace, happily built on the foundations of mutual respect and reciprocal consideration, receives a new and vigorous stimulus because all the factors that might weaken or thwart it are now eliminated.
" The agreement between the Holy See and the Government of Colombia does not entail unilateral impositions, because the conversations that preceded its signing were developed with the sincere intent to guarantee the legitimate rights of the two powers, ,without fundamental concessions that might impair the prestige of their respective sovereigoties. The Church and the Colombian State rnet to define with
greater clarity the sphere of their respective attributions regarding certain mixed matters, such as marriage. which interests equally, but from different aspects, both Church and State. The rights of both have been clearly delineated and because of this the frictions that sometimes arose, will disappear definitely with positive benefit to the religious peace and tranquillity of consciences."