THE following letter from Cardinal Gibbons to Mr. D. E. Lindsey, of Baltimore, shows from the Cardinal himself, that the counting of all the Roman Catholics of the country in favor of the Sunday law on the Cardinal’s indorsement, as Dr. Crafts and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union have done, was wholly unwarranted. This is exactly as I argued before the Senate Committee, and as we have argued everywhere else. We have never blamed Cardinal Gibbons for that which Dr. Crafts and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union put upon him.NSLS18 191.3
“MY DEAR SIR: In reply to your favor dated Feb. 25, 1889, duly received, His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons desires me to write to you, that whatsoever countenance His Eminence has given to the ‘Sunday law’ referred to in your favor, as he had not the authority. so he had not the intention, of binding the archbishops, the bishops, or the Catholic laity of the United States. His Eminence bids me say to you that he was moved to write a letter favoring the passage of the bill, mainly from a consideration of the rest and recreation which would result to our poor overworked fellow-citizens, and of the facility which it would then afford them of observing the Sunday in a religious and decorous way.NSLS18 191.5
“It is incorrect to assume that His Eminence, in the alleged words of Senator Blair set forth in your favor ‘singed the bill, thus pledging seven millions two hundred thousand Catholics as indorsing the bill.’NSLS18 191.6
Scriptural, Logical, Plain and Forcible.
This Important Work Shows Clearly the Relation that should Exist between Church
and State at the Present Time, as Proven by the Bible and History of the Past
Chap. I outlines vividly the relation that existed between “Christianity and the
Chap. II distinguishes between “what is due to God and what to Caesar.”
Chap. III shows for what purpose the “Powers That Be” are ordained.
Chap. IV ably discusses “The Religious Attack upon the United States Constitution,
and Those Who Are Making It.”
Chap. V unmasks “Religious Legislation,” calling special attention to the Blair
Sunday Bill, now pending in Congress.
Chap. VI is devoted to “The Sunday Law Movement in the Fourth Century, and Its
Parallel in the Nineteenth.”
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EVERY LOVER OF CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
Civil Government and Religion
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Toward the Effort now on Foot to Secure Religious