Two Americans

Sic transit gloria mundi. But there remains about the office of Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church something compelling, romantic, holy.

The cardinal purple has been worn by many of the noblest men who ever lived and by some of the greatest rascals. Richelieu was the Cardinal-Duke, as was Cesare Borgia; de Rohan was the Cardinal-politician ;Reginald Pole, the Cardinal -man -without -a-country; Wolsey and Mazarin, the Cardinal-statesmen ; Newman, the Cardinal-poet ; and "in the person of James Gibbons the full flower of spiritual...

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