admit, dear friend, that we are witnessing a strange spectacle. What is happening before our eyes? Two forces, enemies, are at war: the Revolution and Catholicism."
[Msgr. Gaume then warns] "... the fall of the temporal throne of St. Peter is, in the social order, the uncertainty of
all rights, the shaking of all thrones, and the signal of a general debacle. In the religious order, it is for the Church the entry into the most difficult phase of her existence,
perhaps the return to Catacombs." -Monsignor Gaume, "La Situation", Lettre VII, 1860 A.D.