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Spelly’s War

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DefinitionA nickname for the war in Vietnam, based on the support for the war by influential Jesuit and U.S. cardinal Francis Spellman. As a political entity, the Holy See casts a large shadow in the world’s politics. An example of this is the profound influence that an American cardinal had in the political situation leading up to the Vietnam War.

Discussion: There is great danger when politics and religion are handmaidens. Such atrocities as the Crusades, the slaughter of the Albigenses and the Huguenots, the Ustashi slaughter of the Serbs in World War II, the Spanish Inquisition, and countless other intrigues are the fruit of religious totalitarian leadership. It is long been the goal of the papacy to bring both political and religious unity to the world under her dominion.

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