While he had given them permission to speak to her, he found opportunists distasteful, however loyal they were.
At the congress of St-Etienne the difference developed into separation, those who refused all compromise with a capitalist government following Guesde, while the opportunists formed several groups.
He well understood the meaning of Christ's saying that He came not into the world to bring peace, but a sword: in a period when a lax spirit of conformity to the world had seized the churches he maintained the " vigor evangelicus " not merely against the Gnostics but against opportunists and a worldly-wise clergy.
After the war of 1870-71 he took a leading place among; the most radical section of French politicians, as an opponent of the " opportunists " who continued the policy of Gambetta..
Endeavours to persuade the Federals, the Intransigeants, and even the Opportunists of Democracy that the times were ripe for a venture.