Michael Harrison - Mopping-up Operations

Michael Harrison - Mopping-up Operations

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In his excellent book, Witchcraft, (1) Pennethorne Hughes, talking of the late fifteenth century, says that 'The Papacy fought against the new nationalism, and the new municipalities, with only partial success - and against the Old Religion with an abandon comparable to the last anti-Jewish furies of the retracting Reich in 1945'. The analogy is valid if - and only if - we may accept that the Roman Church felt itself to be as near-inevitable defeat as did the Nazi high-command in 1945. May we ...? Yes, I think that we may. I think that the Roman Church realized that, if it was not precisely 'finished', then its spiritual-temporal overlordship in the West was about to be actively challenged, and - perhaps - rejected by the New Men.