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AL SMITH VS. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
John F. Cunneen, Chicago, 111.
In 1884 the archbishops and bishops of
the Catholic Church in the United States
assembled in the Third Plenary Council
of Baltimore and adopted a constitution,
called Decrees of the Third Plenary Coun
cil of Baltimore, for the guidance of tho
church in the United States.
Decree No. 263 reads:
We admonish Catholics engaged in
the sale of intoxicating liquors to con
sider seriously how many and how
great are the dangers and the occa
sions of sin which their business, al
though not in itself illicit, is sur
rounded. Let them, if possible, choose
some more honorable way of making
a living. And if they find it im
possible to quit it, then let them
strive with all their might to remove
the occasions of sin from themselves
and from others. Let them not sell
drink either to minors or to those
who, they forsee, will go to excess.
Let them keep their saloons closed on
the Lord’s Day. Let them at no time
permit on their premises blasphemy,
or obscene language. But if, through
their action or with their co-opera
tion, religion is dishonored and men
are led to ruin, let them remember
that there is an Avenger in heaven,
who will certainly demand of them a
terrible retribution.
From the Pastoral Letter of the Arch
bishops and Bishops of the United States,
assembled in the Third Plenary Council
of Baltimore, 1884:
We call upon them ("pastors) to in
duce all of their flocks that may be
engaged in the sale of liquors to
abarfdon as soon as they can the
dangerous traffic, and to embrace a
more becoming way of making a
living.
It is from the priests of the church
that we especially hope for assistance
in this work; for upon them has God
imposed the duty of imparting the
Word of Life, and of propagating
sound morality among the people. Let
them never cease to cry out boldly
against drunkenness, and whatsoever
leads to it.
Al Smith as a member of the New York
Legislature between the years 1907 and
1915 had nine chances to vote against the
saloon, but he voted nine times in favor
of the saloon. He voted against giving
the voters a chance to vote against the
saloon.
The Catholic Church does not tell its
members how to vote, but the Catholic
who voted against giving the people a
chance to vote against the saloon was
false to the spirit of liis church.
NOT IN ACCORD WITH HIS CHURCH
Upon the question of keeping the saloon
closed upon Sunday, the Third Plenary
Council of Baltimore had no “if” or loop
hole. The explicit command of the
church was to keep the saloons closed on
the Lord's Day. No Catholic in the
United States, be he a saloonkeeper, a
member of the Legislature, a voter only
at the polls, or a law enforcement official,
could take any part in keeping the saloon
open on Sunday without defying the ex
press command of the church. What did
Al Smith do? As a member of the New
York Legislature he voted on numerous
occasions for bills that legalized the sell
ing of liquor on Sunday. In this petition
Al Smith was anti-Catholic.
In New York State they had the Raines
law. It permitted one saloon to each 500
of the population, but in addition hotels
could have bars and sell liquor the same
as saloons, provided they had the re
quired number of rooms called for by the
Raines law. In a village of 2,000 popula
tion four saloons would be permitted, but
in some villages there would be as many
as 1G hotels with bars selling liquor, al
though in a town of that size there could
be patronage of transients to support only
one good hotel. The result was, in a very
large number of instances, that these so
called “hotels” became houses of prosti
tution. Three times Al Smith as a legis
lator had a chance to vote on legislation
to break up the partnership between these
saloons, which amounted to a practical
co-partnership in the crime of prostitu
tion. Once Al Smith ducked and was not
recorded. Two other times he voted
against the bills designed to stiffen up
the enforcement features of the old Raines
Jaw. As speaker, he secured the passage
of the law which saved the license for
saloonkeepers convicted of violation.
“HE THAT WILL NOT HEAR
THE CHURCH”
“He that will not hear the church, let
him be to thee as the heathen and the
publican.” (Matt. 17-18). The church
called upon those engaged in the sale of
intoxicating liquor to get out of the busi
ness and seek a more honorable way of
making a living. A1 Smith worked and
voted to keep men engaged in the sale of
liquor. The advocates of the liquor traf
fic champion him as the man to over
throw prohibition. “Wet” Catholics de
nounce those opposing A1 Smith as bigots
and as opposing him because he is a
Catholic.
The enemies of the Catholic Church, in
order to defame her, in order to get people
of the country to look down on her, in
order to injure her and destroy her use
fulness in the land, can think of nothing
more effective, more damaging, more de
structive, than to brand her an ally of
the liquor traffic. They keep on repeat
ing “Rum and Romanism.” If the liquor
traffic was good, if it were clean and hon
orable, if it was beneficial to humanity, if
it was soul saving, then it would be
glorious for the Catholic Church to be
named along with it.
That the liquor traffic is bad, dishonor
able, destructive to humanity and soul
destroying is proven by “wet” Catholics.
There Is nobody who can show up the
liquor traffic in all of its hideousness more
so than the “wet” Catholic. When the
enemies of the Catholic Church link
“Rum and Romanism” “wet” Catholics
fly into a rage. They denounce them as
vilifiers, slanderers and calumniators.
That is positive proof that the “wet”
Catholic deep down in his heart loathes
the liquor traffic. He knows well that it
is a disgrace for Holy Church to be linked
up with this damnable institution. Yet,
strange to say, the "wet” Catholic who
flies into a rage because public enemies
of the church link rum and Romanism,
does the same thing himself. Talk about
hypocrites! Where in all the wide world
»can you get a hypocrite to equal the
“wet” Catholic? He joins with the ene
mies of his church in trying to get people
to believe the lie that the Catholic Church
and the liquor traffic are allies, and then
he denounces the open enemies of the
church for doing what he is doing him
self.
PROTESTANT BENEDICT ARNOLD
The Protestant proliibitionists who
would put a “wet” Catholic advocate of
the liquor traffic into the White House if
they could, because they think it would
mean some would benefit, are Benedict
Arnolds to their country. The bootleggers
and their allies are now in rebellion
against the government. Policemen in
uniform are shot down by bootleggers, and
wet jurymen acquit the murderers. Elec
tion of a man known as a voter for the
liquor traffic all his life will encourage the
rebels to continue the war and hoist the
black flag in place of the Stars and
Stripes on the Capitol at Washington.
CANON HENRY FRAZER
Bishop Recognizes Social Service and
Temperance Work in Liverpool of
Rev. Henry Frazer
In recognition of his service in social
and temperance work in Liverpool, Rev.
Henry Frazer, for 21 years vicar of St.
Peter's parish, has been named by the
Bishop of the diocese a canon of the new
cathedral at Liverpool, according to in
formation received by Rev. E. J. Rich
ardson of the World League Against Al
coholism.
“I hope prohibition is making good over
there and that the results will soon be
such as will convince a skeptical world,”
Canon Frazer writes.
As a clergyman in the Church of Eng
land for many years Canon Frazer’s work
lay in a very difficult section of the city,
mainly among the working classes, where
he saw much of the ravages of drink. He
fearlessly took the side of sobriety and
righteousness, and both from the pulpit
and the public platform in his own city
and elsewhere made most intelligent and
vigorous attacks on the liquor trade.
Also, he w’ent before the Bench of Jus
tice and protested against the granting of
licenses, thereby helping to reduce the
number of saloon permits. He always
seized every opportunity to check or de
stroy the beverage liquor traffic. He was
highly esteemed by many officials of the
city government, including the Lord
Mayor, who presented him recently with
a book of remembrance.
ON THE POLITICAL GRIDIRON
/ARE You \
I WET
. \or DRYy
f-Washirvgtou Pott, April 29, 1928
LEAGUE HATED BY WETS
Bishop Cannon of M. E. Church,
South, Addresses N. Y. Conference
M. E. Ch.; Commends League
In the closing part of liis address at the
New York East Conference of the Metho
dist Episcopal Church held at New
Rochelle on the evening of April 13,
Bishop James Cannon, Jr„ of the Metho
dist Episcopal Church, South, spoke the
following words in commendation of the
Anti-Saloon League.
“As you doubtless know, I am not and
never have been a paid official of the
Anti-Saloon League, but I have been a
member of the executive committee of the
Anti-Saloon League for over 25 years,
longer than any other one man. I know
that it was the worst hated, most slan
dered organization in the country, and
that it is so because it has been as the
agency of the church the most efficient
opponent of the liquor traffic, and with
the Woman’s Christian Temperance
Union, the most potent factor in securing
national prohibition.
“Our enemies have openly declared their
purpose to put the League out of busi
ness by destroying the confidence of the
church in its leadership. Can the slan
dering of the enemy be permitted to
weaken the effective fighting power of
those who have led us on to victory and
who must now repulse the new attacks of
the slaves of appetite and covetousness?
I trow not. The Anti-Saloon League may
have made mistakes in the many cam
paigns which it has led in the conflict
against the common enemy of mankind,
but its aim is single and its efforts are for
the betterment of the social order.”
IIIGHER-UPS CAUGHT IN NET
Federal Grand Jury in Buffalo Brings in
Many Indictments in Conspir
acy Cases
The federal grand jury at Buffalo has
returned indictments against 35 persons,
including a group of dry agents, charged
with the violation of the prohibition law.
Two of the more prominent persons
against whom indictments were brought
are Roscoe C. Harper, former prohibition
administrator in the Buffalo district, and
Leo A. Regan, former assistant adminis
trator. These two are indicted on a
charge of conspiracy to violate the law in
connection with the alleged diversion of
alcohol from the Illinois Alcohol Com
pany of Buffalo.
More than 160 witnesses were heard by
the grand jury, and its action has created
a great deal of interest in western New
York. Both Harper and Regan resigned
from the service on June 30, 1927. At that
time Harper gave as the reason for his
resignation his belief that he was dis
qualified under the newly created Civil
Service requirement.
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DR. MELLE ANSWERS BRUCE
“I am sure that United States Senator
Bruce, of Maryland, did not represent the
typical American courtesy any more than
he represented the American passion for
truthfulness when he wantonly assailed
an interview given by me to the press,
referring to that interview as ‘bunk’ and
‘if not possibly mendacious as well as ut
terly misleading,’ ” said Dr. Otto Melle,
President of the Methodist Episcopal
Theological Seminary at Frankfort-on
the-Main, Germany, who is in America as
a delegate to the Methodist Episcopal
General Conference.
“My assertions that I had not seen a
person who appeared to have been drink
ing and that I had not been offered a
glass of beer or wine during this present
trip to America, was not based upon a
brief visit to this country. I spent four
mouths in the United States travelling
from New York to San Francisco and Los
Angeles, living in hotels and private
homes, taking part in banquets and all
kinds of social gatherings, visiting the
dining rooms, spending half a day in
Coney Island, etc., and I observed how the
people were drinking your delicious
orangeade and other refreshing drinks,
but have never seen a saloon nor anyone
drinking intoxicating drinks, and I my
self have not been ollered a glass of beer
or wine.*’

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