Copy Draft 'Memorandum of Dr. Mannix's Visit to Rome' by Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Typescript copy draft 'Memorandum of Dr. Mannix's Visit to Rome' by [Hagan], Irish College Rome, for attention of [Vatican]. Sketching his arrival in Rome, the reception at the College – his speech there was communicated to the press - but dealing particularly with his audience with the Holy Father. While Man- nix declined offers from the Pope of diplomatic assistance to remove the ban [on travelling to Ireland] he indicated that if a formal protest was lodged by the Holy See this may be best timed when he leaves Europe. He expressed his disappointment that the sympathy for Belgium and Poland was not repeated for the case of Ireland; he was assured that a condemnation of Sinn Fein would not be issued – but pointing out to the Pope that even words of disapprobation 'for certain deeds connected with the policy of the movement' would be detrimental. On enquiry it was explained to (Benedict XV) that the Dominion solution would not find supporters in England nor in Ireland. A decision was made to draft a document to dispel fears that the Vatican would interfere on the wrong side – the letter has been drafted and is enclosed; it has the approval of representative Irishmen in Rome. Mannix deems the visit 'a great personal and national triumph' proving 'the wisdom of uncompromising and plain language'. – Two drafts (and copy) of a proposed letter by the Holy See, to be addressed to Cardinal [Logue]. Expressing grief over Ireland's 'horrors of a devastating and blood-stained strife. While the Holy See does not depart from its policy of neutrality, it calls for a speedy end to the conflict to avoid increased bitterness and hatred; invoking the loss of lives, of employment, the damage to property, the attacks on clergy. Regretting that the promised public enquiry has not been held; proposing a cessation of violence, the establishment of a constituent assembly representative of the Irish people, and the attempt by spokespersons from both sides 'to arrive at a solution which brute force can never bring about'. Imparting apostolic blessing on the initiative of the White Cross which collects relief funds for victims of violence.
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