Talk:Henri Grégoire

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There are significant violations of a neutral point of view in the final section, of Grégoire's religious beliefs. To begin with a mild one, "Grégoire remained a devout Catholic, fulfilling all his obligations as a Christian and a priest." Many Catholics (and, indeed, non-Catholics) would disagree. Since the Pope explicitly stated that priests may not support the Civil Constitution, and obedience to the Pope is one of the obligations of a priest, Grégoire could not have "fulfilled all his obligations."

More seriously, the articles states, "the Revolution changed into a military despotism," which is contentious. It goes on to assert that the Catholic Church exerts a "spiritual despotism," that a "fatal gulf" exists between Liberalism (which needs more precise definition) and Catholicism, and that Pope Pius IX sought to make this alleged gulf "impassable." (anon 2 Aug 2005)

  • The material comes from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica. I would agree that it needs a rework. Whoever takes this on: one technique that is sometimes useful is to take some of the Britannica content and turn it into cited quotation from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, rather than the narrative voice of the article. -- Jmabel | Talk 04:58, August 3, 2005 (UTC)