The emergence of the Vatican as a world political influence is one of the crucial and hushed-up developments of our time. This year, when the presence in Rome of thousands of pilgrims attests to the Vatican's power, it is timely to examine the Vatican's bid for authority as an international state, influencing national governments and their policies.
To bring you the first full and frank report on Vatican world political activities, THE NATION is sending Paul Blanshard on a roving commission to Europe and the Middle East. With headquarters in Rome, he will report from first-hand observation on such questions as:
Readers familiar with Mr. Blanshard's famous articles on Roman Catholic policy in the United States, which appeared in THE NATION in 1948, will not want to miss these important new revelations about an issue that affects us all.
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"Its liberal values have made it representative of much of the promise of American life."
February 2, 1949 The Nation, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y. Dear Sirs: I am surprised that The Nation has used my name in its submissions respecting Mr. Blanshard's articles. This fact obliges me to state that the articles I contributed to The Nation and my appreciation of its liberal values have very little to do with the case, since they were written before the publication of the articles in question. I have always wished for free and fair dialog and respected mutual criticism between men subscribing to diverse religious or philosophical creeds. The Blanshard articles are simply harmful in this regard. With respect to the case under discussion, I, as a Frenchman, have no opinion to express on matters concerned with the American law. My only interest is to say that the cheap and biased intellectual quality of Mr. Blanshard's material makes the idea of contributing, with him, to the same periodical rather distasteful to me, and that the expression of such a feeling seems to me perfectly compatible with my aversion for censorship and my devotion to freedom of expression and discussion. Very truly yours, [Jacques Maritain]