"O miserable Romans! Why will ye abandon the truth? And why, instead of confiding in God, will ye put your trust in the Italians? In losing your faith, you will lose your city. Have mercy on me, O Lord! I protest, in thy presence, that I am innocent of the crime. O miserable Romans! consider, pause and repent. At the same moment that you renounce the religion of your fathers, by embracing impiety, you submit to a foreign servitude" -
Gennadius prior to The Fall of Constantinople, quoted by Edward Gibbon, 'History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', Chapter 68.
And De Valera nods.