I know of many who have left the Church because Priests have used the pulpit for political ends.
Are Catholics told in the confessional how to vote on political questions?
But you cannot deny that the Church exerts political influence, in the face of all the political diplomats at the Vatican.
The Catholic Church controls Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Mexico, etc. I hope it never gains political control here in America!
But in almost every country where she exists, the Catholic Church meddles with politics and causes trouble.
You say that the Pope is not swayed hy national considerations. In a war between Italy and England, would not his sympathies be with Italy?
Christ said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar9* and to God the things that are God’s”
But you cannot escape the fact that the Catholic Church is a kingdom of this world, although Christ said that His Kingdom was not of this world.
Was Pius IX. just when he plotted to keep the Papal States and hinder a united Italy?