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FATHER VAUGHAN’S DENUNCIATION, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
FATHER VAUGHAN’S DENUNCIATION
GERMANY'S “ CONTEMPTIBLE METHODS.”
A cable message from Rotterdam states that the . Provincial Council of German Jesuits has censured Father Bernard Vaughan, “ whose war sermons are considered to be insulting to the Kaiser.” .Last Sunday morning (says the Liverpool ‘Catholic 'rimes’ of September 18) Father Vaughan said Mass and addressed the Cameron Highlanders at Invergorden, taking for his text: “If whole armies stand up against me, I will not fear; for Thou art with me.”, The preacher said that the war clouds that iiad been gathering for 40 years and more had now burst over them, and from, the uttermost parts of the earth there rose up the cry “ To anus I” A world-wide conflagration bad arisen out of the tiny Servian spark, which the “mailed fist.” had lie chosen, could have a? easily quenched as fanned into flame. But the War Lord of the earth was bent on conquest, and was only waiting his opportunity to nnshoath his sword. --Germany Wanted Poore Till She Was Pearly for War.— Even before the blast of battle had sounded in their ears Germany was mobilising her troops. When the favorable hour struck, when the opportunity arrived, the enemy rose up in their full strength and declared through their Chancellor that the German troops would “bark their way to victory.” The ‘ White 8001-:.’ from which Mr Asquith and Sir Edward Grey had drawn the texts of their epoch-making speeches he-d proved up to the hiit that Germany was out to reconstruct the nations of the earth. The. war party was determined to justify to its people rs vast armaments. It had sat on the safety valve long enough, and now it promised its teeming population nothing less than the French colonies for its expansive interests and enterprise, Tho lust of power and the greed of gain had atrophied Germany’s moral sense, so that in its intoxication it, altogether forgot those principles upon which alone civilised nations can live and flourish. The enemy not only trampled on treaties to which (hey had lent their name, but invaded neutral territory, where they had no right to foothold, and then stooped in their-blind insolence asking Great Britain In be a party to a bargain which meant cmr'stabbing a friend in the hack. Germany’s whole policy was a conspiracy against honor, truth, and freedom,'3but -the Chancellor, with infinite irony, promised to make what was all wrong all rigid. Not even (be Kaiser himself knew the secret of doing that. Father Vaughan said it was difficult even with facts before them to believe that a people so cultured, so learned, so scientific, and so brave and honorable could stoop to methods so base. mean, and contemptible, in order to facilitate their robbery of possessions to which they could show no claim. —“ Tho End Justifies the Means.”—■ , Never before had a civilised nation adopted for its motto in life “the end justifies the means.” But the war party, made up of blood and iron, had to win by means foul nr fair. Already, before they were in the thick of tho fight, the war paths were red with blood, wet with tears, and strewn with dead. Germany had reckoned upon being in Paris before now. It would lake her all her time and. strength to prevent the Allies from embracing each other in Berlin Enter den Linden. No doubt she had millions of brave men yet to draw from. Her forces were led by skilled leaders, and in their ranks every man was set and fixed like a cog or wheel in the great engine of war. But their war cry was set in a minor key ; it larked the vitality of fine motive, and. except on the plea that might was right, their fight could not be justified. This blind Samson was grappling with his own destruction and ruin. The preacher said if ho found it difficult to justify Germany's going to war, it ivould he impossible to justify England’s keeping out of it. They, a peace-loving Empire, had heard the war cry, and taken up arms because they wore not dead to a sense, of honor, truth, and freedom. They were, slow to declare war; they needed no fresh fields of conquest; they had no ambitions but for peace and prosperity. They were a patient people, and not. easily provoked to aggressive action, !mt there was one thing they cherished dearer than life, and that was British honor, British truth, and British freedom. They had been’stung to the quick by the insult offered them in Germany’s bribes, and tho British bon had been roused to fury by the broken pledges with which Berlin was strewn. Never had Britain, in the whole story of her life, engaged in a nobler ornsadc; never had her sons rallied with greater alertness to the colors; never wore they so proud as they were to-day of being subjects of an Empire that would not stoop to base tricks ami break her word of honor.
Wellington had said there was nothing more appalling in war than victory, except defeat. In spite of the' horrors of war. it. nevertheless, evoked, fire out of the flint, and in the fire of battle the dross was shaken off the gold, 'and what was bravest and noblest in man shone out with conspicuous splendor. Had Britain never engaged in war she never to-day eoidd have proved to the world the, stuff she was made. of. The. traditions of "Trafalgar and of Waterloo bad lain dormant, but were now proving their worth on the fighting line in France. ■ -British Empire Hid Not Lack a Motive.— Their representative, poet had reminded t hem ■■ Thrice is he armed Who hath his quarrel just. Their Empire was not handicapped for want of a motive in the deadly fight. " Never." said .Mr Asquith, “had England gone to battle with a clearer conscience.” She fell, in the words of the text: “If whole armies .-land up against me. I will not fear: for Thou art with rue.” She was lighting for all that makes lor honor and freedom, and English and Scotch and Iri-h soldiers, with our contingents from our Overseas Dominions, were inspired and actuated by principles which made irresistibly for victory. They had not yet passed beyond the early stages of the war. 'I hey knew that where millions were, fighting on a battle front hundreds of miles long the tide of war mu«t necessarily ebb and flow, but it was moral force against brute force mi which the issues of war so much depended. (lei many had declared she was making a war ol aggression, and was fighting for conqiic-i-. Britain, on the contrary, wauled nothing but the balance of power, the freedom of nations, the peace of the, world. She was armed and up to smash that, brutal Bower whose religion was might, and whose idea! was; “Germany. the War Lord of the World and the arhii.er of nation...” Of the Ultimate I--nos There Can Be No Oonbl.--
Of llu- ultimate Issue? of the world-wide fight in whirl; the nations, were engaged they roiilrl have no possible rlonht. So lonij as ihr allied forces held together they would not only keep the enemy ; t hay. lint force them hack, till, like a nut in the mil cracker, they would he crushed between the invading armies on the cast and west. He believed in the, skill of their generals, the. might of their puns, and the bravery of thoir men. He had no doubt that moral force allied to brute force must be victorious over brute force alone. The war might be long, the ior-se? would be. counted by hundreds of thousands, but in the end 1 lie shout of victory would be on their side, and the sacrament of fire through which they passed would be for the cleansing of Europe, which would emerge chastened and purified by its purging names. Father Vaughan concluded his harangue to the men lev eulogising the Scottish (mops, and imploring those who did not. hear arms to lift up the arms of prayer, pleading with the Hod of Battles to draw good out of this scourge of war. and to give His helping hand to the allied troops, who were not fighting for plunder, hut for honor; who were engaged in a- crusade which might bring about universal peace among the nations, so that instead of peoples armed to the teeth, ready to spring at one anotherthroats, there might in the future be seen rising upon the earth a brotherhood of Decides,, under tire Fatharhood Clod, all
living on terms with one another unfier tla smile of Heaven in a “ multitude of peace. Such had been I'ope Pius X.’t last ejaculatory prayer —it was bis hope that tin lesson from the world-war would teao? mankind there was no peace but in Chri tlic Prince of Peace.
FATHER VAUGHAN’S DENUNCIATION, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
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