Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Mr. Pablo Campos-Ortiz, Mexican Chargé d’Affaires, called to say goodbye before going to Holland. I inquired of him about the significance of the recent change of government in Mexico. He said it meant that the Government was going much more to the right than before the recent change; that in his opinion it meant that the religious controversy would be almost entirely quiescent in the future or for an indefinite time.
I expressed my extreme gratification at this and remarked that he, of course, was aware of the very violent and widespread feeling on the part of our twenty million Catholic friends in this country against his Government on account of the church controversy in Mexico; that we had done everything in our power within proper bounds to deal with all phases of this unfortunate and delicate situation; and that, therefore, I desired to repeat with emphasis the great gratification it was to learn that this controversy in Mexico was ending, or at least had ended to a principal extent. I said it meant everything to the mutual cooperation of our two great countries that our respective peoples should maintain friendly feeling and relationship with each other and that I hoped he would emphasize these phases to his Government officials on his return home.