Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Catholic Church and Secession

Two stories — Pope sends delegation to South Sudan independence celebration and US bishop 'caught up in the excitement' in South Sudan's new capital — that remind one of this history — Pope Pius IX and the Confederacy.

Had things turned out differently in 1865, instead of "an autographed picture of himself, along with a miniature crown of thorns, woven by the pope's own fingers," the Pope might have sent the "Honorable President of the Confederate States of America" a delegation.

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