CARDINAL CALLS WILSON'S IDEA OF A SOCIETY OF NATIONS A DREAM
Rome, Italy (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, September 22, 1917, Pope Benedict's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Gasparri*, told the Associated Press...
"President Wilson's proposal to reduce armaments and impose international arbitration by force through a society of nations is a dream. An international army to enforce the verdicts of the court of arbitration? In which country would it be located? The moon is the only place possible."
The Cardinal opposed conscription. He believed that if it was ended, militarism would soon decline and international peace would follow.
Cardinal Gasparri said...
"Conscription is one of the hideous burdens of a free people."
*Pietro Gasparri (1852-1934) was born in Capovallazza di Ussita & served as Cardinal Secretary of State under Pope Benedict XV & Pope Pius XI from 1914 to 1930. PG played a major role in the codification of canon law.
"Pope's Aid Hits At Wilson", Chicago Sunday Tribune, September 23, 1917.