SIR, — The tokens of conciliation between the German Government and the Holy See are welcomed by you for two good reasons: first, that the Church must recover her full liberty if the Reich desires, as it now seems, to stand well with the Papacy; and second, that the intervention of the Holy Father as peacemaker among the nations appears to be growingly feasible.
May we not discern yet grander hopes In this new tendency in German policy? Herr Hitler can move the multitudes of Central Europe as no man has moved them since Barbarossa. He was a practising Catholic in his youth; and my friend, Gerald Wynne Rushton, fitly recalled this truth in the year's truce after Munich, pleading for prayers for that remarkable man's full reconciliation to the Church.
Stranger things have happened in the age-long history of the Church than that a man like the Fuehrer should find his way and lead his people—I will not say to Canossa, but to Rome.