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Little harm would be done if none
were involved in this religious con
troversy except politicians who inject
religion into politics for no better
-urpose than to get themselves and
others out of office.
We could throw- allsuch politicians,
both Catholic and Protestant, into a
"ing and let them fight it out.
No harm results to any church
.Tom unreasoning attacks on that
church; for the more a church is at
tacked intemperately the more of its
wandering flock return to the re
ligion from which they have strayed.
Men resent interference with their re
ligious beliefs by others, even though
they lose interest if left to them
selves. After the Knownothing movement
of forty years ago the Catholic
Church was stronger than it was be
fore the fight began. The same was
true of the A. P. A. movement of
twenty years ago, and will be true of
the movement that is on all over this
There is an old saying that "the
blood of the martyr is the seed of the
church." It works out in practice.
Cruel persecution of the Christians
by the pagan rulers of Rome didn't
kill Christianity. The martyrs fear
lessly accepted death by torture
rather than give up their belief.
Whenhis war broke out in Toledo
by being- dragged into politics it re
sulted in increased church attend
ance. In many Protestant churches
men's brotherhoods were organized
and political nieetings were held in
churches. Not to worship God, how
ever, but to oppose Catholics. On the
other hand, meri who had fallen away
from their religious worship in Cath
olic churches resumed attendance at
mass and confessional.
The point I am trying to make
clear here is that attacks on any
church do not hurt the church, but
do hurt our brothers and sisters who
hannen to belong to it.
The bitterness "that children hear I
at the family fireside influences their 1
minds and they look upon children o2
another faith as something unclean.
What a terrible thing it is to poison
the minds of little children with
hatred for other children!
And how heartlessly. cruel to cast
suspicion on the virtue of gobd wo
men, of good wives, of loving moth
ers, of sisters and daughters because
they worship the same God we wor
ship, but at a different church and in
a different manner!
I really care little about the politics
of it. If politicians and officeholders
were the. only pawns in the game, and
the only sacrifices, it would make no
difference to me and little, if any, to
government, if public servants of one
faith were supplanted by public serv-.
ants of another faith.
No Catholic should vote for a man
for no other reason than that they
both embrace the same faith, and
any Catholic who tried to help him
self into office through his church is
engaged in as unworthy business as
the Protestant who tried to keep him
out because of his faith alone.
It is human for men and brothers
to differ as to religious faith, but I
would do what I can to get them to
gether on all things else.
Recently I read an argument by
Peter S. Deitz favonng Catholic la
bor unions. I was asked by a Cath
olic brother what I thought of the
idea. I told him that I couldn't be
lieve in Catholic labor unions any
more than I could believe in
Protestant, Jewish or Pagan labor
unions; that it meant a further divi
sion of workers who were already too
much divided by crafts unions and
by political differences of opinion.
I said also that I believed that if
the Catholic church attempted to
.promote Catholic labor unions they
would do as much- harm to trades
unionism as the Menace is doing
with its fight on Catholicism.
That simply means that I believe
only harm can c6me from any at
tempt to inject the religious issue
.into labor unions, no matter whether
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