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WHAT IS TO BECOME OF THE POPE ? ROME can do very well without him. Her citizens have not only said so, but they have proved the fact to a demon- stration. When Pope Pius fled from the Vatican he little thought the absence of his holiness would be so slightly es- teemed. He fondly imagined no doubt that they would soon be wishful for his return, and thus get his blessings instead of his anathemas. It is however otherwise, and he is still at Gaeta. Would that he were contented, and there con- tinue playing at spiritual sovereignty by fulminating apos- tolical excommunications. He does not, however, seem disposed to do this. For some time past he has been plot- ting with the crowned heads of Europe for his restoration. They have taken up his cause, and there is no doubt he will be borne back to the capital from which he fled by foreign bayonets. England and France it would seem connive at the project. What has either England or France to do with the matter ? Have they not enough to attend to at home ? What has England to do with the Pope? Why should she seek to impose upon Home a sovereign she dislikes? Why meddle at all ? Why not deal with Rome as with Paris, and recognise whatever power the people choose to esta- blish ? The Pope, like Louis Philippe, abdicated by running away, and by that act the people were absolved from all allegiance. We protest against our interfering at all by sanction, diplomacy, or in any other way. The Pope might have been, and he was no doubt, a very good and liberal man for a monarch, but the Romans are the best judges whe- ther it would be for their interest for him to return or not: there let the matter be settled between them. As to France it may be the policy of the present President to try to win over the Catholic population by espousing the cause of the Pope, but we believe it is after all a very bad policy, and the French ere long will find it so. Had foreigners interfered with the domestic affairs of France during the last revolu- tion where would their Republic have been now ? And if they admit the principle cf interference, where will it be in time to come ? The right of the people to choose their own form of government, and to nominate their sovereign head without let or liiiidi-mice from foreign powers, is a principle that should be held inviolate. Destroy that, then the Count of Paris may be soon at the Tuileries. We sincerely hope that the proposed armed intervention between the Pope and his late subjects will never be carried into effect. Let him remain where he is, or go to France or Spain, and there exercise those spiritual functions devolving uptm him as the Vicar of Christ. He is not wanted at Rome. Italy is careless of his whereabouts, so let him go upon some far off pilgrimage to meditate upon the transitoriness of all earthly things, and to prepare for that kingdom where there is is neither crozier, nor mitre, nor tiara, and to enter into which the key of St.Peter will prove utterly inefficient aud unavailing.

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