The Voice of Belgium: Being the War Utterances of Cardinal Mercier

The Voice of Belgium: Being the War Utterances of Cardinal Mercier

The Voice of Belgium: Being the War Utterances of Cardinal Mercier

The Voice of Belgium: Being the War Utterances of Cardinal Mercier

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History hardly shows us a country more terribly tried than Belgium has been in the last three years. Peaceful, thrifty, seemingly outside the region of strife of the great European powers, no country has a greater right to undisturbed possession and enjoyment of freedom and self-government.

Ruthless might, unhampered by any thought or recognition of plighted word or national obligations, has inflicted on the Belgian people a martyrdom the memory of which can never wholly pass away. That martyrdom has brought to light hidden heroism, and has revealed courage unsurpassed in any conflict of the past.

Two names will ever stand forth on the page of history, those of the dauntless King of the Belgians, and of the intrepid Primate of Belgium, the Cardinal Archbishop of Malines.

There were many even in Belgium itself who heard with astonishment in 1906 that the President of the Institute of Thomistic Philosophy in the University of Louvain was called to the Primatial . . .

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