Showing posts with label anti-Catholic bigotry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label anti-Catholic bigotry. 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."

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in Boston. The morons are out of control.

Poor Christopher Columbus. He wasn't woke, and he paid the price.

Over the last few days, protesters pulled down Chris's statue in Richmond and dumped it into a lake. And in Boston, vandals beheaded a likeness of Chris located in Boston's North End.

What did Mr. Columbus do to deserve these indignities? He discovered America--the racist son of a bitch.  And by introducing Europeans to the Western Hemisphere, he ushered in a long era of oppression against the Native population and against Blacks.

OK, we get that. But what are we supposed to do now--all the descendants of privileged Europeans? Go back where we came from? If we did that, who would patronize the Indian casinos?

Of course, I'm being sarcastic. But on a more serious level, I am offended by the morons who vandalize statues of Christopher Columbus. They obviously aren't aware that Columbus symbolizes Catholic contributions to American history.

In the late nineteenth century, American Catholics were still being discriminated against, especially in New England. Protestants were forming men's civic organizations partly to establish life insurance funds for their members. But Catholics were not permitted to join these groups.

Father Michael McGivney, pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut, organized a small group of Catholic laymen to provide life insurance for Catholic working men.  One of the members suggested a name for the organization: the Knights of Columbus.

Over time, the Knights evolved from being merely an insurance company to becoming a militant organization devoted to stamping out anti-Catholic bigotry in the United States. It was the Knights who led the movement to recognize Columbus Day as a national holiday, and it was the Knights who fought the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s when the KKK was primarily an anti-Catholic terrorist organization.

By the early twentieth century, Christopher Columbus came to symbolize Catholic contributions to American history. He was especially dear to Italian Catholics because Columbus was Italian.  It is no accident that Columbus's statue in Boston is located in the North End--which is Boston's Little Italy.

Although the vandals may not know it, their lawless acts are microaggressions (don't you love that word?) against Catholics and ethnic Catholics in particular. When they deface a statue of Columbus, they dishonor millions of Catholic Americans, and they demonstrate their woeful ignorance of American history.


Note: I am aware that strictly speaking, Columbus did not "discover" America.  Scandanavians were probably the first Europeans to explore North America. More to the point, archeologists theorize that the first people to settle the Western Hemisphere came from Siberia via the Bering Land Bridge.