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Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective by Roger Aubert

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16 I mention among others, in another article by Fr. … We no longer believe that the large opposition against everything that was of the workers came from the priests. This is pure fabrication and deceit and was frequently used against the Catholic Religion by other parties in a very unloyal manner. It is true that the higher church hierarchy did not take any initiative and certainly was very cautious; that Msgr. A. Lauwers, Msgr. Van Lerberghe, Dean De Grÿse, Dean Adams (to name merely some deceased) certainly fought as honestly and stubbornly for the interests of the workers as Vandervelde, De Paepe, Anseele, de Brouckère: that there were 54 Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective several priests, who have done more for it than the future history books will tell.

A large part of the episcopate in the United States believed 50 Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective as he did that it were better if the Church did not intervene, and when in Rome, Gibbons was able to draw support from this community of views, which had notably appeared during the meeting of American archbishops in Baltimore in October 1886. It was besides easy to show how much distinguished the Knights of labor from the secret societies prohibited by the Church (the book is crawling with unpublished details about the close contact between Powderly, the head of the Knights of labor, and the ecclesiastical authorities).

The Holy See first envisioned this 30 Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective solution as wise outside the province of Québec, purely French, but later it was revised. At present, the Holy See is systematically naming Franco-Canadian bishops wherever the majority of the faithful speak French; in other words, where compact francophone minorities exist. Rome does not hesitate to detach the existing dioceses and place them under the jurisdiction of a bishop who speaks the French language.

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