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[235] the right or the power to disregard his prescriptions and substitute those of some other physician, or even your own.

Many of the current objections to the Roman Catholic Church seem to me trivial or untenable. It is not easy to show that it does not produce as good saints or poets or scientists as any other body of men, or that it produces more criminals when we compare, class for class, the same social grade. Of course poverty is responsible for a great many sins, and for a still larger proportion of convictions in court, were it only for the want of bondsmen or paid counsel. Therefore the church which has most of the poor will naturally have the most criminals. I used to think, as many do, that the Roman Catholic Church, with all its merits, produced people less truth-telling than were elsewhere found; but was rather taken aback by the remark of a young Irish girl, one of two sisters whom I had seen go through college with the greatest credit and teach Greek to their priests afterwards. I had said something on the subject to her, she being a thoroughly candid and ingenuous soul. “Do you really mean,” she said, “that you put a little less faith in people's word for their being Catholics?” “Yes,”

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