Religion: Too Material

Sandy-haired Emmett McLoughlin was born down by the railroad tracks in Sacramento. His Irish father & mother hoped he would become a priest. Emmett went from parochial school to seminary and was ordained priest in the Franciscan Order in 1933. The next year, he was assigned to Phoenix, Ariz.

Soon young Father McLoughlin began to be almost as well-known in Phoenix as the mayor. He organized a slum clearance campaign and wangled federal funds for three major housing projects. He started a church for poor people in a vacant store. Then he began to crusade for a hospital for the poor. He...

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