CHAPTER XIII. ROMANIZING NON-CATHOLIC COUNTRIES.
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy has taken advantage of the press agency age in which we live. The trans-Atlantic cable has lately been kept busy flashing the most trivial details concerning the so-called honors done America, “the youngest but richest daughter of the Church,” in elevating to the rank of princes and kings three of her wiliest Jesuitical emissaries, who claim to be American citizens. They can not be loyal American citizens and at the same time loyal “Princes of the Church.” Their very oath of allegiance to the pope, a foreign potentate, whose spiritual and temporal power they have solemnly sworn to promote and defend, “even to the shedding of blood,” precludes this possibility. The despotic dogmas of the Church of Rome are diametrically opposed to the Constitutions of all countries, and, therefore, cardinals, arch-;- bishops, bishops, monsignors, priests and monks, having sworrt allegiance to a foreign potentate, have so far renounced their allegiance to their lawful sovereigns or governments, and, consequently, should be considered as aliens with respect to citizenship.
If any one has the least doubt in the world that the cardinals’ first allegiance is due to the pope of Rome, and only their secondary allegiance, when not in conflict with their obedience due the pope, is given to their respective countries, let such an one read the oath taken by a cardinal when he enters upon his office, and all possible doubts will be dispelled.
The following is the oath which these three “American” cardinals, as well as all other cardinals, must take on becoming ‘Princes of the Church.” This translation of the oath was printed in the Daily Telegraph (London), Dec. i, 1911, and accepted as genuine by Monsignor Canon Moyes in a letter published in the Tablet of London (Roman Catholic), Dec. 16, 1911:
“I,,…. of the Holy Roman Church, cardinal of……., promise and swear, from this hour forward, as long as I shall live, to be faithful and obedient to the blessed Peter and the Holy Roman Apostolic Church, and our Most Holy Lord Pius X., and his canonically elected successor;
“To give no counsel nor to concur in anything nor aid in any way against the pontifical majesty or person;
“Never to disclose affairs entrusted to me by them personally, by their nuncios, or by letters, willingly or knowingly, to their detriment or dishonor;
“To be ever ready to aid them to retain, defend and recover their rights against all, to fight with all zeal, and all my forces, for their honor and dignity;
“To direct and defend honorably and kindly legates and nuncios of the apostolic see in all places under my jurisdiction, to provide for their safe journey, and treat them honorably going, during their stay, and during their return, and to resist even to the shedding of blood whosoever would attempt anything against them;
“To try in every way to assert, uphold, preserve, increase and promote the rights, even temporal, especially those of the civil principality, the liberty, the honor, privileges and authority of the Holy Roman Church, of our lord the Pope, and the aforesaid successors;
“When it shall come to my knowledge that some machination, prejudicial to those rights, which I can not prevent, is taking place, immediately to make it known to the Pope, his successor, or to some one qualified to convey the knowledge to them;
“To observe and fulfill, and see that others observe and fulfill the regulations, the decrees and the ordinances, the dispensations and preservation of provisions and apostolic mandates, the constitutions of Pope Sixtus V., of happy memory, concerning visits ‘Ad limina Apostolorum’ at the prescribed times, according to the tenor of said constitution;
“To combat with every effort heretics, schismatics, and those rebelling against our lord the Pope and his successors;
“When summoned for any reason whatsoever by the Holy Father or his successor, to come to them, or when detained by a just cause to send one to present my excuses, and to show them due reverence and obedience;
“Never to sell or to give away, mortgage, or alienate without consent of the Roman Pontiff, even though the consent of said chapters or convents or churches or monasteries or their benefices be had, the possessions belonging to the ‘mensa’ of the church, monasteries, or other benefices committed to me;
“Likewise to observe inviolably the constitution of the Supreme Pontiff Pius X., which begins Vacante Sede Apostolica, given at Rome the twenty-fifth day of December, in the year 1904, concerning the vacancy of the Holy See and the election of the Roman Pontiff ; and to lend no help nor countenance to any intervention of the civil power in the election of the Pope; likewise,
“To observe minutely each and all of the decrees, especially those which have emanated from the sacred – congregation of the ceremonies, or those to come from it, relative to the sublime dignity of the cardinalate, nor to do anything which would be repugnant to the honor and dignity of it, and to pay the rights of the cardinal’s ring conceded by Gregory XV. to the Sancta Congrcgatio de Propaganda Fide.
“So help me God and these holy gospels.”
Many of the same obligations are imposed in the oath administered to archbishops and bishops, including that part referring to action against heretics and schismatics (Protestants).
It is simply impossible for a cardinal, or any member of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, to be a loyal son of the Church and at the same time a loyal citizen of the United States, or of any country, no matter what Taft, Roosevelt and others, for political purposes, may allege to the contrary.
The Duke of Norfolk (Roman Catholic), Premier Duke of England, writing to Lord Beaumont (Roman Catholic), Nov. 28, 1850, says in part:
“I should think that many must feel as we do, that ultramontane [papal] opinions are totally incompatible with the allegiance to our Sovereign and with our Constitution.”
In passing, I may state that the appointment of a bishop or archbishop to a wealthy diocese in the United States costs the aspiring candidates and their supporters, clerical and lay, several million dollars. To the uninitiated this amount may appear extravagant, but when we consider the fifty million dollars’ worth of property, more or less, which comes directly under the control of the successful candidate appointed by the pope and his cabinet inspired, of course, by the Holy Ghost the sum total of the bribes to the Vatican is by no means excessive. Catholic and non-Catholic friends of aspiring candidates for papal honors are permitted and encouraged to “chip in” and use their political influence with the pope. And as for the price paid for “red hats,” the amount is inconceivable, and the intrigues connected therewith are sometimes international: for example, the Bellamy Storer-Roosevelt-Ireland episode.
The press has recently given us Rome and “red hats” usque ad nauseam, telling us of the pope’s admiration and love for America, Americans, their wealth and generosity.
Papal blessings and honors are frequently cabled* but we may well bear in mind the story of the great wooden horse of Troy and the enemy concealed within it remembering the motto: “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentcs.” [I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts.] Wake up, non-Catholics!
I am convinced that the non-Catholic people are blind to their vital interests. On every side they are saying: “Oh, the Roman Catholic Church is not as it was fifty years ago; it is more liberal.” But the Roman Catholic Church is ever and everywhere the same. As she was fifty years ago so she is to-day, except that she is playing politics more astutely now than she was then.
I know by varied and bitter experiences the spirit of bigotry, bribery, hypocrisy, superstition, intrigue, persecution, treason and murder which actuates the Roman Catholic Hierarchy ; and I feel that an imperative duty calls me to resume my efforts to enlighten the Roman Catholic people everywhere as to the abominable priestcraft which is being practised upon them. For them I have only the deepest sympathy. Born, reared and trained in their faith, I know how naturally they are held in bondage and how easily they are deluded, degraded and despoiled in the sacred name of religion. And I also feel that it is my duty to awaken the non- Catholic people of all nations to a realization of the imminent dangers which confront them.
It is the verdict of history, says Mr. Mangasarian, that
“Where the priests are free, the people are slaves!
Where the priests are rich, the people are poor!.
Where the priests teach, the people are ignorant!
Where the priests prosper, progress is paralyzed!
Where the priests lead, they lead into misery,
bondage, poverty, superstition, persecution ruin!”
Lord Macaulay truthfully described the Vatican system when he said:
“It is impossible to deny that the polity of the Church of Rome is the very masterpiece of human wisdom. In truth, nothing but such a polity could, against such assaults, have borne up such doctrines. The experience of twelve hundred eventful years, the ingenuity and patient care of forty generations of statesmen, have improved the polity to such perfection that, among the contrivances that have been devised for deceiving and oppressing mankind, it occupies the highest place.”
There was affixed to a column at the corner of the Orsini Palace in Rome at the beginning of the sixteenth century the following comparison between Christ and the pope:
“Christ said: My kingdom is not of this world.
The pope conquers cities by force.
Christ had a crown of thorns.
The pope wears a triple diadem.
Christ washed the feet of His disciples.
The pope has his kissed by Kings.
Christ paid tribute.
The pope takes it.
Christ fed the sheep.
The pope shears them for his own profit.
Christ was poor.
The pope wishes to be master of the world.
Christ carried on his shoulders the cross.
The pope is carried on the shoulders of his servants in liveries of gold.
Christ despised riches.
The pope has no other passion than for gold.
Christ drove out the merchants from the temple.
The pope welcomes them.
Christ preached peace.
The pope is the torch of war.
Christ was meekness.
The pope is pride personified.
Christ promulgated the laws that the pope tramples underfoot.”
Notwithstanding the wealth, political power, and the extraordinary increase claimed by the Roman Catholic Church, investigation will prove that she is losing ground everywhere as a religion: in fact, Romanism is not a religion: Romanism is first and last political. According to the most trustworthy statistics, eighty million followers have left the Roman Catholic Church during the past seventy-five years. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy has been exposed and dethroned by the despoiled Catholic people in Italy, France and Portugal. It is being exposed and dethroned by the Catholic people in Spain, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Ireland and other so-called Catholic countries, where it is trembling, tottering, falling.
Strange as it may seem to the casual observer, it is true, nevertheless, that in many Catholic countries the papal policy of power and pelf has been repudiated as a curse by the Catholic people and their representatives, while in non-Catholic countries the papal policy is embraced for the graft that is in it, by non-Catholic politicians elected to office by the credulous non-Catholic people; and this is especially true in the English speaking countries England, Canada and the United States. These unscrupulous politicians, high and low, are only too willing to serve the pope in his ungodly efforts to regain temporal power.
The political influence of the papacy is making rapid progress in non-Catholic countries, owing solely to the apathy of the people and the traitorous conduct of non-Catholic politicians, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, who, as a rule, are pledged to Rome by their corrupt political machines, in order to secure the supposed “Catholic vote,” which the pope pretends to control, but which he does not.
Non-Catholics are possessed by the false impression that the Catholic laity vote as a unit as they are directed by the Hierarchy. This is not true. There is a division in the Catholic laity upon political matters, and an independence of action of which non-Catholics have no conception. For the purpose of inducing non-Catholics to court the support of the Roman Catholic clergy and accede to their demands, they are made to believe by the representations of crafty, cunning priests and prelates that the pope controls the “Catholic vote.” Previous to political elections, priests, prelates and “Princes of the Church” promise the supposed “Catholic vote” to both political parties, Republican and Democratic of course, they could not conscientiously and consistently promise it to either the Prohibition or Socialist party. At the close of an election the pope is represented by his clerical, as well as lay, agents at the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic parties, and even in the very homes of the candidates. They are there to congratulate the victor and assure him that his election is due to the “Catholic vote,” and also to remind him that the pope and his representatives are entitled to the greater share of the appointments to be made by him. This papal political trick “heads I win, tails you lose” is successfully played at elections in all non-Catholic countries.
ARCHBISHOP GIOVANNI BONZANO PAPAL NUNCIO.
The new head of the Papal Secret Service Bureau in the U. S. A., being asked, on his arrival in New York harbor, if he had any formal message for the people of this country, replied:
“I am very glad and feel greatly honored to have been sent to represent the ancient Church before the great American people, and where, in spite of your busy life and ways, you have so much time for religion and doing good work.”
Notwithstanding this declaration, Archbishop Bonzano knows or ought to know that the Roman Catholic Hierarchy is responsible for the alliance between crooked politics and crooked business, which has been responsible for nine-tenths of the corruption in American politics.
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy is the breeder of anarchy. In its efforts to prostitute the people’s schools to politics, it is an enemy of the most dangerous character and is more to be condemned than the anarchist.
Bonzano is the plenopotentiary representative of the pope of Rome, who, with the quintessence of audacity, claims to be “Our Lord God the Pope, Vicar of Jesus Christ, King of Heaven, of Earth, and of Hell, and servant of the servants of God.” Was there ever such a contradiction?
The mass of the Catholic vote can not be corralled for the support of any man. If non-Catholics would only take a bold stand in defense of civil and religious liberty against Rome, they would find thousands yea, hundreds of thousands of nominal Catholics rallying to their camp. But these independent- thinking Catholics, seeing the obsequiousness and servility of non-Catholics in their obedience to the suggestions of the Roman Hierarchy, naturally decline to take the initiative in the defense of civil and religious liberty.
Yea, more than this. If the game of every man for himself was to be played in earnest, why should independent Catholics give up advantages and benefits which they might receive themselves through Roman influence in American and English politics for the use and behoof of non-Catholics who are cringing before Rome for the sake of business success and political preferment expected to be derived from her favoring influence?
Why, then, do the liberty-loving people of non-Catholic countries permit themselves to be deceived and enslaved by that debauched, liberty-destroying Hierarchy?
Those who are indifferent on this subject should note Lord Beaconsfield’s words of warning:
“We are sinking beneath a power before which the proudest conquerors have grown pale, and by which the nations most devoted to freedom have become enslaved the power of a foreign priesthood.”
There is urgent need of a wide publicity of the truth concerning Romanism! In the words of William Ewart Gladstone, uttered against the Vatican system, I would warn the lovers of liberty everywhere “against the velvet paw and smooth exterior of a system which is dangerous to the foundation of civil order…. Never was there invented a greater conspiracy against the liberty, virtue and happiness of the people, than that represented by Romanism.” And with the illustrious Gladstone, I say:
“I am confident that if a system so radically bad is to be made or kept innocuous, the first condition for attaining such a result is that its movements should be carefully watched, and above all that the basis on which they work should be faithfully and unflinchingly exposed.”
Protestantism is asleep! Romanism, the sleepless and tireless foe of liberty, enlightenment and progress, is awake! Shall we permit it to enslave us, or shall we follow the wise and patriotic example of Italy, France and Portugal?
When men, with hearts and brains,
Must rise and take the misdirected reins
Of government, too long left in the hands
Of Aliens and of Lackeys. He who stands
And sees the mighty vehicle of State
Hauled thro’ the mire to some ignoble fate,
And makes not bold protest as he can,
Is no American.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
TO THE PUBLIC
I am a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and I am in good standing. I am also a citizen of the United States of America.
I am engaged in the threefold work of (i) purifying my beloved Church from existing evils, (2) protecting the public school from Catholic clerical machinations, and (3) promoting a sympathetic understanding between Catholics and non-Catholics. I am prosecuting my threefold work by publishing, lecturing and preaching.
Priests and Prelates accuse me covertly of making false accusations in my book entitled ”The Parochial School, a Curse to the Church, a Menace to the Nation”: I now state that if my opponents can disprove the charges in my book, I will hand over to them all the plates of my book, and I will agree to stop its publication forever. Since these accusations were published, nearly two years have elapsed, and the Church officials have not arraigned me, nor taken any step looking to the disproof of my charges.
I will give Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to any one who can prove that I am not in possession of the “faculties” of a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
JEREMIAH J. CROWLEY.
Chicago, November, 1906.
ENDORSEMENT BY A GREAT CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP
I am convinced that Almighty God brought Father Crowley to America to save the Catholic Church, and that the present scandal in Chicago the most terrible that has ever occurred in America was permitted by Providence to bring to a climax the reign of rottenness, that it might be unearthed, exposed and wiped out.
THE MOST REV, FRANCIS XAVIER KATZER, D. D.,
Late Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee.
COMMENDATION OF PROMINENT CLERGYMEN
To ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
In view of the fact that the Rev. Jeremiah J. Crowley, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and an American citizen, feels that he has been providentially called into what he terms the threefold work of (i) purifying his Church from existing evils, (2) protecting the public school from Catholic clerical machinations, and (3) promoting a sympathetic understanding between Catholics and non-Catholics,
We, the undersigned, being personally acquainted with Father Crowley, hereby certify to our firm confidence in him as a Christian gentleman, to o-ur conviction as to the wisdom of his methods, and to our belief in the great importance and the pressing necessity of his work.
We bid him Godspeed in his preaching, lecturing and publishing. We feel that pulpits and pJatforms everywhere should be open to him, and that his book entitled ”The Parochial School, A Curse to the Church, A Menace to the Nation,” should be read by every thoughtful person, regardless of race or creed.
COMMENDATION OF PROMINENT CLERGYMEN
We most cordially commend him to all the people of America, earnestly bespeaking for him their hearty sympathy and generous support.
REV. J. WILBUR CHAPMAN, D, D.,
The Evangelistic Leader of the Presbyterian Church.
REV. WILBERT W. WHITE, D. D.,
President, Bible Teachers Training School, New York City.
REV. HUNTER CORBETT, D. D.,
Moderator, Presbyterian Church, U. S. A.
REV. S. PARKES CADMAN, D. D.,
Pastor of the Central Congregational Church, Brooklyn, N. Y.
REV. CORNELIUS WOELFKIN, D. D.,
Professor in the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rochester, N. Y.
REV. JNO. J. TIGERT, D. D.,
Bishop, Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
REV. CHARLES C. McCABE, D. D.,
Bishop, Methodist Episcopal Church.
REV. O. P. GIFFORD, D. D.,
Pastor of the Delaware Ave. Baptist Church, Buffalo, N. Y.
REV. HENRY C. MABIE, D. D.,
REV. C. H. WOOLSTON, D. D.,
Pastor of the East Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
REV. IRA LANDRITH, D. D.,
President of the Belmont College, Nashville, Tenn.
REV. J. D. MOFFAT, D. D.,
President of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.
- 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.