How we cite our quotes:
ROBERT: " Miracles are all right, Polly. The only difficulty about them is that they don't happen nowadays." (1.92)
The Captain, like many of his political counterparts, only has faith in practical things. He leaves religious matters to the Church.
THE ARCHBISHOP: "Miracles are not frauds because they are often – I do not say always – very simple and innocent contrivances by which the priest fortifies the faith of his flock." (2.107)
Here's a priest saying that most miracles are bogus. He thinks it's OK, though, because, even if they're hoaxes, they lead people to God. We wonder if he's more concerned with people's souls or in maintaining the power of the Church.
THE ARCHBISHOP: "Child: you are in love with religion. […] There is no harm in it […] But there is danger." (2.126-2.128)
Is the Archbishop already guessing at Joan's fate? Does he realize exactly where her zeal will lead her?