National Affairs: POLITICAL PRIEST

No more than the ordinary yearnings of a Priest toward applied Christianity had young Rev. Charles E. Coughlin, when he was assigned in 1926 to organize a new parish in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. A Klan cross burning before his church door turned him to fighting bigotry by radio. For two years he preached simple gospel and his mail grew slowly to 4,000 letters per week. Having imbibed the social doctrines of Pope Leo XIII, he determined to descend from moral generalities to hard social particulars. With uncommon eloquence he articulated...

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