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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 485
drew up the programme of persecution followed out, step
by step, for the last thirty years. How slowly but surely
the programme has been carried out the following chrono
logical table will show.
1880. The Bishops are excluded from the Board of Pub
lic Instruction. Sunday rest is abolished for all Government
work. Monasteries and convents are thrown open to Go
1881. Compulsory religious instruction is abolished. The
hospitals are secularized. Teachers are forbidden to act' as
organists or cantors in the churches. The crucifix is re
moved from the school room.
1882. "Ethical culture" replaces the teaching of Chris
tian morality in the schools.
1883. The military Mass is done away with, and soldiers
arc forbidden to take part in Catholic ceremonies.
1884 -The prayers prescribed for the opening of Parlia
ment are prohibited.
1888. Magistrates are forbidden to take part in a body
in church processions; somewhat later they are forbidden
to appear in their .official uniforms at any religious cere
mony. The revenues of the monks are abolished. Several Bis
hops and thousands of priests are deprived of their salaries.
Stipends for Catholic seminaries are annulled.
1893 A law is passed which interferes with the admini
stration of ecclesiastical affairs.
1894. The property of the religious orders is unjustly
and excessively taxed.
Teachers are forbidden to accompany the children to
church. The traditional Mass of the Holy Ghost at the
opening of the sessions of the courts of justice is discon
tinued. 1899.- Waideck-Rousseau renews the war on the Church.
1901. Law against the non-authorized congregations.
1903. All the religious orders are attacked. Religious
men and women aredrivjn from their monasteries and con
vents; their possessions Lve sold at auction.