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The Democrat Party's Subserviency to Roman Catholicism Cost Control of Both the House and Senate at the Recent Elections
Amount Received on Debt Fund up to October 26th, 1918. ...... .$18,33.32 This If Number 394 Amount Received for Week Ending November 2nd. 1918 : 2,163. 18 Total Debt Fund to Nov. 2nd . . Aurora, MUmuiI November 16, 1918 ffiEMNAE $21,096.10 i in Al LI i ' J it i u if II un n i ny i y ui i n h i in m i i i Iflf II till fill II 1111 (1 II I II II M 1 1 VV IWMJILULJ ilMilVilllil VHRal MWlLJ urm to vm msM www ii In Order to End Prejudice and Dissension The Free Press Defense League in a Personal Letter invites Every Roman Catholic Prelate in tii6 United States to Defend in the Forum of Reason and in Full Light of Truth the Basic Political Contentions Which They Urge Every Week in Their Newspapers REGISTRY RECEIPTS SHOW THE LETTERS VIRTUALLY ALL DELIVERED WILL THE PRELATES DARE TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE? J i "' 52 Bliss Building, Washington, D. C, . October 24, 1918. To His Eminence, James Cardinal Gibbons, , Archbishop of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland. EAR SIR: Since the United States entered the war, the Roman Cath olic press in our country, includ ing the diocesan organs in our principal cities, has published hundreds of columns of editorials declaring that the Pope is neutral; that he favors civil and religious liberty; that permanent peace will be secured by augmenting his power; that he should sit in the peace con ference at the close of the war; that Ko man Catholics, by reason of their training as such, are more patriotic than other cit izens; that they render to the Pope none but: spiritual, allegiance; and many other contentions of the same general. import As the canon law places all thesa "Roman Catholic papers under ecclesiastical con trol, their editorials must express the views and purposes of the hierarchy. Your persistent reiteration of the foregoing as sertions clearly implies that a portion of the reading public doubt their, truth. Your averments raise issues of law and fact so transcendtly important to all peo ple that no greater service could be ren dered to our country and the world than to ascertain and establish definitely whether they are true or false. The is . sues which you are so raising pertain ex clusively to law and politics and not ,to religion. I assure you that many millions of Amer ican citizens believe profoundly that your assertions are totally devoid of. truth. You are doubtless aware that the weekly news- I pftper luiuwxi as aikj menace, puunsiieu at I Aurora, Missouri, with other periodicals o,i large circulation, has taken a leading part in controverting each of them.1 As a member and official of the Free Press Oe- Wfense League, which owns and publishes The Menace, I state that such is its atti- tude, and that its wide circle of readers generally concur in its views on that sub- (f 3ect. The constant repetition of your aver i ments by hundreds of Roman Cathoilc pa i pers and their continuous denial by other t papers of. immense circulation array the f people in two groups mutually incensed , , ' against each other, because the one group believe and the other disbelieve the dec larations you make so persistently. Mem bers of your group read your papers, but not ours. Therefore, they hear your af firmations but not our denials. Likewise, those in our group read our papers, but not yours. Consequently they hear our 1 i 1 ' aeniais, dux; not your assertions. Nothing could be clearer than the right of the whole public to hear all the truth touching the great issues thus raised bv i you. This would end dissension by en abling the people, so m possession of all i tfye law and facts, to judge correctly which Judge Gilbert 0. Nations, President of the League, Sent the Following Courteous Let ter by Registered Mail to the Bishop of Every Papal See in the Hope of Laying Before the Public in English All the Law and" Facts Touching the Status and Activities of the Pope and His Hierarchy in Local and World Politics and the War side of the controversy is right. Our peo-! pie believe with all earnestness that every, important issue should be tried and deter mined in the forum of reason and in the full light of truth. We believe only con scious error and guilt will cause any party to shrink from that forum and from such trial and determination. Therefore, I most respectfully.invite you to join with me in submitting to the whole public all material law and facts bear ing on this con troversy, so truth may b e vindi cated and har mony and good fellowship estab lished among the people. While sound logic would seem to devolve on you the burden of proof in this un dertaking, I offer to waive that vantage point and to assume the burden by affirming, and by inviting you to deny, in an ex haustive joint discussion in writing, the fol lowing JUDGE GILBERT 0. NATIONS, President of the Free Preit Defeat League. Office, 52 Bliw Building Washington, D. C. compre hensive proposition, which traverses your chief contentions: r - Resolved, That 1. The organization known as the Roman Catholic Church is the most autocratic, intolerant and oppressive political es tablishment that ever existed and is alien to every country it inhabits, totally unable to live at peace with democratic insti tutiops, and the blight of all peoples it has ever dominated. 2. The papal claim of infallibility and apbstolio succession, which is the chief corner stone of the despotic system, is the boldest display of bigotry, egotism and intolerance ever made by mortal man, and ia utterly without foundation in reason, revelation' or history. 3. The Pope is the most autocratic political sovereign, and as such he rules the Roman Catholic Church with absolute authority which forbids any prelate or priest to swear allegiance to any civil government) and exacts the paramount allegiance of every Roman Catholic. 4. He claims the overloardship of all governments 'and consequently supreme political authority throughout the world. ' 5. As supreme ruler and teacher of t the Roman Catholic Church, he denounces, ex-cathedra, popular sovereignty. as fatal political heresy. ; 6. As the foremost autocrat claiming divine right to rule, he is in sympathy and active collusion with the other autocrats in their war on democracy. . 7. Every cardinal is a member of the papal court and every Roman bishop is a prince in the empire of the Pope, and they are all thereby rendered justly ineligible to citizenship in this or any country. Ing the Young Men's Christian' Association in their diocesan Organs for the work it is doing so well in connection with the Ivar. 9. The Roman Catholic hierarchy condemns secular edu cation and free public schools. 10. It opposses freedom of though, freedom of speech and .press, freedom of conscience and worship, and the right to read the Bible '11. It opposes separation of Church and State and demands public funds for sectarian purposes. . 12. It monopolizes the wealth and keeps the people ignorant and des titula in all countries it can dominate. 13. It defies and wil fully violates marriage laws duly enacted by . Congress and-the State ' legislatures. 14. Many of the Popes were moral degen erates, and the tendency of Roman Catholicism is to demoralize the clergy and degrade the people. 15. The papal hier archy is in collusion with the liquor traffic. My proposal is that the discus sion be conducted on your part by any cardinal, arcnbisnop o r bishop, or any priest or layman duly, authorized thereto in writ ing. signed by a bishop, archbish- cardinal, wise supply their first rejoinder, and so on to the end of the discussion, the affirma tive having a brief closing article in final rebuttal. ' In Conclusion, please be assured that I tender this proposal in perfect good faith; and, should the discussion he( held, it will be conducted on my part with all possible candor and courtesy and for no other pur pose than to establish truth and promote harmony and good will among all my fellow-citizens. ' I reserve the right to pub lish this letter and your answer in case you decline my proposal. Awaiting with much interest your pleas ure, l am, Yery sincerely, r President of the Free Press Defense League. op or the writing to be published in connection with the discussion so the public may. know that the selected priest or layman is deemed worthy and capable and is duly authorized by competent ecclesiastical au thority to represent and defend the Ro man Catholic Church in the proposed discussion. I further propose that the discussion be published in full without editorial or headline comment in any Roman Catholic Japer that you may designate for that purpose and in The Menace and continued a sumcient time to permit a tnorougn ana 'reasonably exhaustive presentation of all the facts and law bearing on the matters in issue. This will enable the people to render a just decision of problems that have sorely vexed the world four hundred years. ' Having the affirmative of the tendered proposition, I would write the first install ment of the argument, of such length as fre may agree, on as necessary and desir ble, and would supply, copy thereof to all designated 'papers. At an agreed time In The Menace of April 20, this year, Judge Nations published an open letter to Cardinal Gibbons, in which he made ten ' specific charges against the papacy and challenged the cardinal to debate, in pub lic print, the issues set forth therein. The cardinal received the challenge, but ignored it, neither offering to debate him self nor authorizing any other Roman pre- , late to do so. Judge Nations has now pre-, sented a still more comprehensive chal lenge and has seen to it that every car dinal, bishop and archbishop in the United , States received his challenge by registered mail. In view of Rome's persistent whine that she is being persecuted and lied about, it will be strange, indeed, if no member of -the hierarchy takes advantage of the op portunity now offered to attempt to refute the charges laid at the door of the Roman -Catholic machine and thereby, if success ful, silence the opposition about which Rome so bitterly complains. In all ages great issues which agitated the public mind have been decided by means of public 'discussion, and it is hoped that Rome will agree to submit to this ; popular method of enlightening . the people. At the time this issue of The Menace went to press, only two of the prelates, a bishop and an archbishop, out of more than a hundred in all, had returned any re sponse to the foregoing letter, and neither of them accepted the challenge. All an swers and the replies of the League there to will be presented to the public till our invitation shall be duly accepted or defin itely declined or ignored. If honest and sincere in their constant newspaper ex ploitation of the Pope and the vast eccles iastical system of which he is the official , head, they cannot consistently shrink from the opportunity here afforded to pre sent their, cause to the five-sixths of ail American citizens whom they denounce as bigots for opposing the papal system. 8. The highest prelates in this country, are bitterly attack those Conducting the negative WOUld like-j WHAT WILL THEY DO? 't'