Religion: A Letter to the Pope

The late William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury for only 30 months (he died in October 1944). But he was a lifelong influence in his church—and still is. Last week two of his letters, published for the first time, stirred a quick ripple of speculation.

They had been written in wartime to Archbishop William Godfrey, papal Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, for transmission to the Pope. The first (in October 1943), referring to restrictions imposed on the Pope, by the German occupation of Rome, expressed "to His Holiness my profound sympathy and that of multitudes of Englishmen who are not of his...