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DE GASPERI WARNS OF ANTI-CLERICAL BLOC

rilHE Italian Prime Minister, Signor De Gasperi, said in a speech in Trent last week that the fight which has been going on to crush the Christian Democrat Party is tending to unite all other parties to form an anti-clerical bloc.

"I have already warned the Senate," he said, "that it would be a dreadful thing if at this time there came up the question of the revision of the Lateran Treaty.

" it would not be a bad thing for the Church, which has always had to overcome difficulties, and is so accustomed to seeing its greatest sufferings crowned with success, but it would not be so good for Italy, for the Italian State, because then it would be without the fundamentals which unite the forces of the nation. " We must, however, distinguish between the terms ' Catholic ' and clerical.' -A Catholic has his convictions, he follows them and in so doing acts well. The 'clerical,' on the other hand, is he who does not wish to grant to others the right to think differently from him. " Now we say we are Catholics and we carry out the principles of Christianity. It is from the latter that we derive our guidance and rule of life. "Christianity is our moral code and our guide in our social relations. '.In our social contacts we wish to attain the ideals of fraternity and justice, in the sense in which we are Christians. " We are not clericals.' There are 19 religious cults in Italy. In our contacts with these 19 cults we have only one guide and we follow it. even if we think differently. This guide is the Constitution."




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