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March 08, 2009



It was interesting to read the Churches attitude to non-catholic forms of worship as a result of the treaty and concordat - "tolerated and admitted". The Church chaffed at having to co-exist with these organisations and "it reaffirmed the full and absolute sovereignty of the Church in the Government of Souls". It referred to its "divine right" in this regard.
See The Treaty of the Lateran, by Benedict Williamson.
The invocation of the Trinity at the start of the Treaty and Concordat is strange for a secular document.

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