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eTHE PUBLIC FORUM
MARRIAGE COST. The article
on. "Marriage Cost" by Wm. Burton
was very good. He outlines a very
simple way to geVahead of the rich.
The more children the poor maa
brings into the world the more poor
people there will be, the more suffer
ing, the more cheap factory labor, and
mpre profit for the master class. It
is,, at least a sure way of solving the
problem of the working class. A
CHURCH AND POLITICS. 1
would like to reply to J. A. Clark,
"Fool Convincer," of Feb. 24, in re
gard to the Roman Catholic church
not being in politics. He offers
Walsh's "hot shots"' as proof posi
tive that the aforesaid church is not
in politics. He says Walsh is a Cath
olic and a Knight of Columbus and
that many will be surprised to know
it. Personally, I am not surprised.
The name implies much,
j But why all this enthusiasm? Is
it unusual that a K. C. speaker has
some real American ideas? There
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I spite of their religion. He says that
they have been pictured as cowards,
sneaks and murderers. So they have.
Who killed the anti-Catholic lecturer,
Wm. Black, at Marshal, Tey, a week
Qr so ago? Four K. C's in good
standing armed with automatic pa
tois. Who mobbed Spurgeon and
other anti-Catholic speakers of re
ceit date? Not the Masons, surely.
I? in their efforts to suppress free
speech and free press, they are tak
ing the law into their own hands,
their nickname, "Knights of mob and
murder'" is a just criticism. In poli
tics? Yes, up to their ears.
J. W. Freund, chairman legislative
cpmmittee Catholic Union of Illinois,
seat out from Springfield cir
cular letters to every candidate for
the legislature in the state asking
Qeir- attitude on the Jist of political,
questions pertaining 'to- the church'
and state and school affairs.
As further proof of the K. C's non
political aspirations, J. A. cites the
instance of Gov. Dunne, a K. C,
stumping Chicago for Harrison, a
Mason, against Sweitzer, a Catholic
K of C. Horrible, I must say. Per
sonal animosity, no doubt. Hani-
son's whole family are Catholic.
Maybe he took them into considera
tion. Heretofore,' Protestants have
always voted that way, mdescrimin
ately. If there's been a change of
heart, "there's a reason."
Read Father Phelan's "Western
Watchman," "The Sunday Visitor"
and other official organs of the
church. Their attitude toward. civil
government is plain enough without
referring -to the Menage.
Pope Leo XIIL in his official let
ter of Nov., 1885, says all Catholics
must make themselves felt as active
elements in the daily political life in
the countries where they live. They
must penetrate wherever possible in
the administration of affairs. All
Catholics should do all in their pow
er to cause the constitution of the
states and legislature to be modeled
on the principal of the true church.
In another letter to the Roman
Catholic church in 1890, Pope Leo
said: "The faithful should always
take as the rule of their conduct tha
political wisdom of the ecclesiastical,
authority." L. M. Hall, 611 S. 2nd
av., Maywood, IIL
REAL SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY.
It has been said that nations and
communities achieve democracy in
thought and life only to the eitent 0
that the individuals become truly "
democratic in their own hearts. If
this statement is true it is clear that
not only every German-American
who understands the democratic sys
tem of government and befievjBS in it
would prefer all of Germany to be
ruled by France, Tmt Germany in
Germany, especially toilers and ;f arm-
era whp understand. aynd believe, in.