All Right…Let’s TEST CATHOLIC LOYALTY! (Sep, 1952)
All Right…Let’s TEST CATHOLIC LOYALTY!
The majority of non-Catholics do not question the patriotism of their Catholic fellow-citizens.
They have seen too many Catholic sons die beside their own on countless battlefields. They have stood too often with Catholics in defense of common ideals and a common heritage.
Yet the ugly voice of bigotry is heard again — warning that Catholics “owe allegiance to a foreign potentate”… that “Popery” is a “menace to democracy”. .. even that Catholicism is as “totalitarian as Communism.”
Informed non-Catholics will scorn these unworthy accusations. But in the interest of truth and goodwill among people of all faiths, this miserable skeleton of intolerance should be exposed for the benefit of the many who otherwise may become unwitting victims of false and misleading books, tracts and other anti-Catholic propaganda.
One critic in the United States suggests that the Catholic Church is “undemocratic” because it opposes such things as birth control, divorce and questionable reading matter. By this unreasonable standard, a religious denomination which opposes alcoholic drink could also be called “undemocratic” because it holds principles contrary to the law of the land. Catholics, certainly, make no such criticism.
Catholics are called “undemocratic” because they have their own schools. By the same reasoning, all other denominations with church-sponsored schools and colleges could be likewise condemned, despite the fact that religious schools preceded tax-supported schools in the United States and Canada, and that most of our private colleges and universities were founded by religious bodies.
The Catholic Church is called an “alien” religion because the Vatican is located in Italy.
All of the major religious faiths of the United States and Canada had their origin in foreign lands. And the fact is that the religions professed by these bodies are at this very time the state religions in certain other lands. But does anyone call them “undemocratic?”
For nearly 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has existed under any and all forms of government. Its people comply with the political system of the land they live in… refusing to comply only if a political state should command them to violate God’s law. An example is the Catholic resistance to Communism wherever it appears — because Catholicism and Communism are incompatible.
In the interest of harmony and goodwill … and as a matter of Christian and intellectual honesty … you should learn the truth about Catholics before seeking to judge them. We will be happy to send you free and without obligation an explanatory pamphlet which gives a clear picture of the Catholic Church in its relation to government and the social order. Write today… ask for Pamphlet No. C-35.
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