Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) was one of the most prolific authors of all time. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic, worked on Latin documents, and made himself very well-informed about Christianity, but turned against it. But he was extremely naive about Jews; bear this in mind.

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Leo XIII (ruled 1878-1903), Pope.

J. McCabe, Rationalists Encyclopaedia

Though there was still much corruption in the Papal Court in the nineteenth century - Cardinal Vannutelli, father of three children, tried to succeed Leo - there is no charge against the character of Leo XIII, but the sagacity and diplomatic distinction attributed to him in most literature are Catholic myths. His official biographer, Mgr. T'Serclaes (2 vols., 1894), shows that he was a complete failure in diplomatic missions when he was a cardinal, and Pope Pius IX set him aside. He was elected Pope largely because he was not expected to live long. His refusal to recognize the French Republic until it was too late, or to be reconciled to the Italian Government, led to the loss of tens of millions of Catholics; his intrigues with England against the Irish, and with Germany against the Poles, failed, and his pedantic rebuke of the American bishops [see Americanism] had to be effectually disowned. In Europe and America the Church lost, largely owing to his blunders, more subjects than it had lost at the Reformation.
     

 

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