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Devil-ution (192?)

J. F. Frank Mathews, D.D.

Below: What Pius XI actually said

Dr. Mathews might better have said that if a religious leader signs an agreement with a dictator, he is worth watching.

omission of words essential to meaning and structure, but easily filled in by reader or listener

Not so easily filled in by certain firebrand preachers, perhaps more used to shouting than to reading or listening.

Interestingly, the learned Dr. Mathews himself indulges in a little ellipsis on the cover, compacting his favorite papal quotation into, "Truth and Goodness Our Enemies."

A book that ought to have been in Dr. Mathews's library...