CHAPTER XII. ROME AND AMERICA.
I have no sort of controversy, personal or otherwise, with President William H. Taft, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, or any other politician, but in the interest of humanity I feel constrained to warn the people everywhere of the intrigues going on between the Roman Hierarchy and politicians. Having been a member of that Hierarchy for twenty-one years, I know whereof I speak.
Up to the present time Mr. Roosevelt has made no answer to the protest from millions of American citizens, whom he denounced as possessed and influenced by an “unwarranted bigotry” because of their earnest and conscientious protest in behalf of constitutional liberty against the unwarranted claims of the papal power.
The official attendance of President Taft and other high non-Catholic government officials at Solemn High Mass on Thanksgiving Day for the last three years in St. Patrick’s Church, Washington, D. C., has established a deplorable precedent for future presidents, as well as for non-Catholic people throughout the country, for whom he has set the example. The President of the United States and other high non-Catholic officials should not permit themselves, through selfish motives, to be used by the Roman Catholic Church for advertising purposes.
Mr. Taft, addressing the Knights of Columbus, a strong politico-religious organization, at Portland, Oregon, October 12, 1911, said in part as follows:
“Instead of being a reason why you can not be patriotic, loyal sons of the United States, willing to yield up your lives if occasion calls, the fact that you are members of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States is an assurance that you are such patriotic, loyal citizens.”
Can any one believe that President Taft is sincere when he makes this declaration? He surely knows the position of the Roman Catholic Church and its claim of the supremacy of the papal over the civil power. Here is what a great American papal organ, The Catholic World, says upon this subject, which statements are neither new nor original. The Catholic World says:
“The Roman Catholic is to wield his vote for the purpose of securing Catholic ascendency in this country. All legislation must be governed by the will of God unerringly indicated by the pope. Education must be controlled by the Catholic authorities, and under education the opinions of the individuals and the utterances of the press are included. Many opinions are to be forbidden by the secular arm, under the authority of the Church, even to war and bloodshed.”
Does not this savor of the Inquisition?
Who inspired Indian Commissioner Valentine’s order forbidding teachers to wear their religious garb (mask) in the Indian Schools, and why was it immediately revoked by President Taft pending future political developments? Was it a politico-religious “frame-up” favoring Romanism, with the understanding that the much sold “Catholic vote” would be given to him?
Priests and prelates realize that politicians who are reaching after office will do anything and everything to help Rome “make America dominantly Catholic,” in order to secure the “Catholic vote” for themselves and their party. Therefore, this presidential year is considered most opportune to force the issue and compel the Federal Administration to establish far-reaching precedents in favor of Romanism.
Another link in the chain between Washington and Rome is supplied by the following item which appeared in The Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati, Ohio, in its issue of April 4, 1912:
“CAREFULLY AVOIDED BY MAJOR ARCHIBALD BUTT.
“ROME, March 30. It has become known that Major Archibald Butt, President Taft’s personal aide, besides bringing an autograph letter from the American Chief Executive to the Pope, brought credentials in the shape of three letters, addressed to Cardinal Merry del Val, the P&pal Secretary of State; Cardinal Rampolla, his predecessor in. that office, and an American prelate. All three were asked to arrange the audience with the Pope.
“The negotiations for the audience were conducted through ecclesiastical channels without the intervention of the American Embassy, lest the mistake which was committed when Colonel Roosevelt came to Rome on his return from Africa be repeated. Major Butt did not communicate with the Quirinal and did not see King Victor Emmanuel.
“The Pope was greatly pleased with the visit of Major Butt, which he subsequently contrasted with the failure of Colonel Roosevelt’s projected call. The letter which the Pope has sent to President Taft in care of Major Butt is merely complimentary.”
While it may be complimentary to President Taft, it is by no means complimentary or agreeable to patriotic American citizens that such a mission should be even thought of, let alone executed.
The press has informed the public that it was for the purpose of thanking the pope for the bestowal of three cardinals’ hats upon “Americans,” and asking information as to the proper rank of the various cardinals at great state functions.
Why should the President of this so-called free country thank the pope for having conferred papal titles on his agents, which titles, according to the regulations of the Church of Rome, give them precedence over the President himself? Why be SO solicitous of the “proper rank” of “Americans” who have sworn allegiance to a foreign potentate the pope?
This confidential and unpatriotic mission has already cost our country the life of one of its chivalrous sons.
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence,” said Washington, “the jealousy of a free people ought ever to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”
We might inquire if this autograph letter and visit, preceding the presidential election, was for religious or political purposes. I wonder if the present political crisis led President Taft and Major Butt to that haven, or did they come under the spell of Jesuit Vaughan of England, who has recently been “performing” in Canada and the United States, and to whom credit is given for “turning” President Taft’s sisterin- law to the Roman Catholic Church.
Vaughan and his manager, the pope, feeling that he “knocked out” Protestantism in Canada and the United States during his short evangelistic mission in 1910, on his present extended tour is concentrating his Jesuitical energies on the demolition of Socialism, the abolition of divorce, and the “turning” of wealthy non-Catholic women.
Let us hope that Jesuit Vaughan will not follow in the footsteps of that eloquent libertine, the Right Rev. Monsignor Capel, also an Englishman, whom the pope sent to America some years ago to convert non-Catholic women of rank, wealth and fashion, but as generally happens, while “turning” them be fell from grace, and for several years lived in a luxuriously furnished home in California, devoting the latter years of an ill-spent life to the guardianship of another man’s wife.and her ranch. However, he, like the vast majority of priests and prelates, being thoroughly posted in Canon Law and Sacred Theology, took care not to violate the “Ne Tcmere” decree, and consequently when he died recently, the public was informed that he passed away in the odor of sanctity and was buried with high honors from the Roman Catholic Church.
The Right Rev. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, English priest and author, son of the late Episcopal Archbishop of Canterbury and a “distinguished convert” to the Catholic faith, is now in this country. Speaking of the outlook for religion in England, he says:
“I think we shall have all the religion that there will be in fifty or sixty years’ time, but there will be an enormous amount of infidelity and agnosticism. The other forms of Christianity are tumbling downstairs as fast as they can go.”
Messrs. Benson, Vaughan and other “Ambassadors of Christ” should remember what a Kempis says in the “Imitation of Christ” “Those who travel much abroad seldom become holy.”
Many distinguished Jesuit stars, while engaged in similar missions, have fallen by the wayside, among them that “eminent convert,” Rev. Thomas Ewing Sherman, son of the late General Sherman, who lately attempted suicide and had to be confined in an asylum. Priests and prelates ought to follow St. Paul’s example and take care lest while preaching to others they themselves may become castaways.
Here it may not be out of place to give a brief description of the Jesuits, commonly called the “Society of Jesus.” This Order is under the absolute control of its General, the “Black Pope.” They have been expelled by many European governments, and Pope Clement XIII. was even compelled by public opinion to promise their suppression, but was murdered before the fulfillment of this promise. His successor, Pope Clement XIV., was compelled by like opinion to suppress them, but was poisoned soon thereafter. Pope Pius VII., for political reasons, restored them to power, and ever since the Jesuits are the power behind the papal throne. To-day they are stronger in the United States than they ever were in any of the countries of Europe which expelled them as a menace to.the government
Harper’s Weekly of May 21, 1870, says of the Jesuits:
“The operations of this powerful Society embrace every part of the world, and are carried on by means of the most intricate machinery ever contrived by man. The Society is divided in five classes: ist. Professed Members (Professi); 2nd. Spiritual Coadjutors; 3rd. Lay Coadjutors; 4. Approved Pupils; 5th. The Novices.
“From his residence in Rome the General directs the movements of the Society in every part of the world by means of a system in which the art of ‘espionage’ is brought to perfection. Every month or every quarter he receives reports from the heads of all the subordinate departments; and every third year the catalogues of every province, with detailed reports on the capacity and conduct of every member, are laid before him. Besides this, the most active correspondence is maintained with all parts of the world, in order to supply the offices of the Society with the information they require. In the central house at Rome are kept voluminous registers, in which are inscribed the names of all Jesuits, of their adherents, and of all the considerable persons, whether friends or enemies, with whom they have any connection. In these registers, we are told, ‘are reported without alteration, without* hatred, without passion, the facts relating to the life of each individual. It is the most gigantic biographical collection that has ever been formed. The frailties of a woman, the secret errors of a statesman, are chronicled in these books with the same cold impartiality. Drawn up for the purpose of being useful, these biographies are necessarily exact. When the Jesuits wish to influence an individual, they have but to turn to these volumes to know immediately his life, his character, his faults, his family, his friends, his most secret ties.’ By the use of such machinery the Order has attained its high position and widespread influence.”
The General is at the head of this black and mute militia, which thinks, wills, acts, obeys the passive instrument of his designs. Their whole life must have but one aim the advancement of the Order to which they are attached.
From the preceding paragraphs, we can. understand how Jesuitism or Romanism gets control of and “converts” women of rank, wealth and fashion; and also how politicians who are not saints, fearing exposure, are compelled to do Rome’s bidding, no matter how unpatriotic. The private lives of politicians are closely watched and recorded. Sometimes they are entrapped in order to get them in the power of Rome.
The present complications of the political factions, in both Democratic and Republican parties, have been brought about by Jesuitism in order to ccnfuse the public and compel the aspiring candidates or their supporters to “come and see” the ecclesiastical bosses, who are supposed to control the “Catholic vote.” The more dissensions in the parties, the more helpless the candidates are in the hands of Rome, and the more she will demand in lieu of her alleged support for nomination and, eventually, election. Rome has played both parties “to a frazzle” in the present campaign, 1912.
During the first “American Mission” to the Vatican in 1902, Extraordinary Ambassador Taft made a deal with the pope involving several million dollars for the Friars’ lands in the Philippine Islands. And as a quid pro quo the pope of Rome granted to the Chief Executive at Washington the power of veto of bishops and archbishops in the Philippine Islands, a right which he will hardly ever dare exercise.
How long shall the Roman Catholic Hierarchy play the people for fools?
Shall the government be of the people, for the people, and by the people, or by the pope?
Let’s not let the pope of Rome name our President for us.
Lovers of your country, beware of Jesuitical intrigues, the political power of Romanism, and the honeyed words of politicians reaching after the presidency!
- CHAPTER I. WHY I WITHDREW FROM ROMANISM.
- CHAPTER II. CELIBACY AND CONFESSIONAL.
- CHAPTER III. ROME, RUM, RUIN.
- CHAPTER IV. THE CONFESSION OF A ‘CONVERT’ TO ROMANISM.
- CHAPTER V. ARCHBISHOP QUIGLEY COWED BY A FEARLESS WOMAN.
- CHAPTER VI. NEW ‘GET-RICH-QUICK’ SCHEMES.
- CHAPTER VII. THE POPES AND THE BIBLE.
- CHAPTER VIII. PAPAL DESPOTISM.
- CHAPTER IX. ROME THE MOTHER AND MISTRESS OF CRIME.
- CHAPTER X. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS A JEW.
- CHAPTER XI ROME EVER AND EVERYWHERE THE SAME.
- CHAPTER XII. ROME AND AMERICA.
- CHAPTER XIII. ROMANIZING NON-CATHOLIC COUNTRIES.