Religion: Forgiveness for Germans?

Pope Pius XII last week addressed himself to buzz-bombed Londoners: "We have sympathized. . . . We exhort you to bear your trials with Christian resignation and fortitude and also with Christian sentiments of forgiveness, charity and mercy so that God may reward in you what the world will admire in you—an example of magnanimity inspired by the spirit of Christ's Gospel. . . ."

This message set off a lively Battle of Texts. Author A. P. Herbert, M.P. and literary wit who rarely misses a chance for a well-publicized controversy, began it by writing to the Times: "And these are...

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