Showing posts with label Bishop John Hughes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bishop John Hughes. Show all posts

Friday, June 26, 2020

Shaun King Threatens Catholic images of Jesus, Mary and the Saints: Where is Bishop John Hughes When We Really Need Him?

Shaun King, a "writer-in-residence" at Harvard Law School, delivered this thuggish online threat to destroy Christian images of Jesus, Mary, and the saints:

Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been…. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form of white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.

As Casey Chalk pointed out in Crisis Magazine, Mr. King is a pretty influential guy. Time Magazine named him as one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet in 2018. He and Bernie Sanders are buddies. In fact, King introduced Bernie at the kickoff rally for Sanders' presidential campaign.

Nevertheless, King is a jackass, and his call for the destruction of Christian images is a direct attack on the Catholic Church. After all, it is Catholics who believe that images of Mary and the saints help the faithful communicate with God's most holy people, who intercede for us from heaven.

King's threat brings to mind the Philadelphia Bible riots of 1844. Nativists rioted in response to a mild request by the local Catholic bishop to excuse Catholic children from reading from the Protestant (King James version) of the Bible in the public schools.  The riots stretched over several months.  Two Catholic Churches were burned down, and around fifty people were killed or wounded.

Irish immigrant John Hughes was the Catholic Bishop of New York during these events, and he feared anti-Catholic violence would spread to New York City. Hughes organized Catholic laymen to guard the parish churches and sent a message to the City's municipal leaders: “If a single Catholic Church were burned in New York,” he warned municipal officials, “the city would become a second Moscow.” 

Bishop Hughes was referring to the destruction of Moscow after Napoleon captured the city in 1812. Shortly after Napolean's troops marched into Moscow, fires erupted that destroyed vast swaths of the town. Napolean himself barely escaped the flames.

Today's Catholic bishops are too busy trying to fend off bankruptcy to confront bigots like King, which is a pity.  We could use some bishops embued with Archbishop Hughes' militant spirit.

Bishop John Hughes threatened to turn New York City into a "second Moscow."