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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
The Religious Controversy. I hold
no commission from any church to
rush to its defense, and couldn't in
telligently defend any creed if I
"wanted to. because I don't know
enough about any of them. There
fore I have no disposition or inten
tion of either attacking or defending
the Catholic Church.
I am interested in the working
class, however, and want to do what
I can while here on earth to help get
justice for that class. I am not par
ticular through what source justice
comes, although I am not hopeful at
present of it coming through any
church.
My chief criticism of all churches
is that they are not doing what I
think all of them ought to do to bring
about social and industrial justice;
and that's what we would have if this
were in fact as well as in theory a
Christian country.
I don't think the Catholic clergy
have paid as much attention to the
bread-and-butter struggle of the
workers, or their fight for a square
deal in the human family, as should
have been paid, if Christianity is to
be applied. But I think none of the
other churches has done any more
than the one some of them are now
attacking.
If there has been a falling off in
church attendance on thepart of
workers I think this is the chief
cause. I don't think men are less re
ligious than they 'ever were, or that
they have less faith in religion itself.
It may be they have less faith in
churches and creeds.
If there is-any church that has been
less influenced by its richest mem
bers than others then that church has
least cause for worry, even though
the pastor may have a tough time of
it making both ends meet.
Neither have I any special interest
In any party. So I am not worrying
about what the present religious
controversy will do either to the
Catholic Church or to the Socialist
Party. Whatever is.good in either of
them will stand up under any fire,
and whatever is evil in either will go
down, as it should go down.
All of us are interested in saving
all the good there is in any institu
tion; and all of the good in all of them
will be saved. If the Socialist Party
breaks up something better and
stronger will take its place to make
the fight for all the good there is in
Socialism, and there is lots of good
in it.
I disagree with The Menace and
other leaders of the anti-Catholic
movement, in that I do not think the
attack is hurting the Catholic Church
at all, however much some of the
charges may hurt your brothers and
sisters and mine who happen to be
long to that church.
If you are trying to win any of
your brothers away from that church
you can't do it by striking them in
the face. You can do it by making
them "mad." You can't do it by call
ing tfames.
Certainly it can't be done by
charges against the church that re
flect upon the virtue of the mothers,
wives, sisters and daughters of red
blooded Catholic men. I
If you can convince honest Catho-
lies that their church is conspiring
against this government; if you can t
convince them that there is really a -serious
purpose on the part of the
church authorities to Catholicize ,
America, in the sense of bringing
about a union of church and state, or
of giving the Catholic hierarchy con- ,
trol of our government why then r
you can weaken that church among i
its own members. For manyof them j
wouldn't stand for it.
I believe, too, that if you can con-v i
yince Catholics that there is any dan- 3
ger of, the destruction of our American-
public school system you can. i
, weaken, that churctf among its bwa 5
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