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The R.C. church is
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"This pressure [of the Catholic Church on American journalism] is one of the most important forces in American life, and the only one about which secrecy is generally maintained, no newspaper being brave enough to discuss it, although all fear it and believe that the problem should be dragged into the open and made publicly known." footnote a
        -- George Seldes, Journalist and Dean of Investigative Reporters, 1890 - 1995 .
        George Seldes was the leading observer and critic of American journalism in this century. Of his 21 books, footnote b
        seven deal with freedom of the press.footnote c
        The pressure of the Catholic Church on American journalism has been catastrophic for population growth control efforts such as the Rockefeller Commission and the NSSM 200 initiative. The secrecy imposed by the Catholic Church accounts for the near total lack of awareness of the grave threat overpopulation poses to virtually every treasured aspect of life in America. How and why journalism in this country has come to such a deplorable state will be the subject of this chapter.
        As we have said, the Catholic hierarchy's hatred of freedom of the press has long been known. According to Bernhard Hasler, in his encyclical Mirari vos, Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) "condemned the ideas of liberalism. He viewed freedom of conscience as a `false and absurd concept,' indeed a mad delusion. Freedom of the press, to his mind, could never be sufficiently abhorred and anathematized." footnote d
        In 1850, Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) branded freedom of the press and freedom of association as intrinsically evil.footnote e
        The Catholic hierarchy has never accepted the concept of freedom of the press.
        By 1870, the principles of the French Revolution (1848), which included freedom of the press, had brought the Catholic Church to its knees. Newspapers everywhere were conveying the truth about Catholicism. Indeed, unrestricted journalism of the time was a major cause for the drive to adopt the principle of infallibility (see Chapter 11). According to Hasler, the Infallibilist Party "wanted to employ the infallible pope to contain the forces of unbridled journalism." footnote f
        On May 25, 1870, the newspaper Unita Cattolica, which supported adoption of the principle of infallibility, wrote, "The infallible pope must counteract and cure the prevailing abuses of unbridled freedom of the press, thanks to which journalists daily spread lies and calumny. Every day the pope can teach, condemn, and define dogma and Catholics will never be permitted to question his decisions." footnote g
        With the adoption of the principle of infallibility by Pius IX and freedom of the press branded intrinsically evil by him, the Church immediately set out to "bridle" the press. In the United States, the Knights of Columbus was created in 1882 to organize the Catholic laity into a tightly controlled and responsive machine. By 1914 the Knights of Columbus had evolved into a national organization capable of intimidating anyone who criticized the Church in any way. During the period from August 1914 to January 17, 1917, the Knights succeeded, according to their own report, in shutting down 60 of the 62 or 63 newspapers in the United States that published news critical of the Catholic Church. And they bragged about it. footnote h
        In 1946, Pius XII told a group of American editors that freedom of the press "does not allow a man to print what is wrong, what is known to be false, or what is calculated to undermine and destroy the moral and religious fiber of individuals and the peace and harmony of nations."footnote i
        The pope, of course, considers himself the supreme judge of what is wrong, false, moral, religious, peaceful and harmonious encompassing all aspects of our existence. Given the pontiff's statement, reporters, editors and publishers have only those rights given to them by the pope. Thus, any reporter, editor or publisher who defies the pope becomes fair game. These were the ground rules established by the Knights of Columbus in their crusade early in this century to destroy all American newspapers that did not conform to the dictates of the Vatican."

# footnote aSeldes G. Lords of the Press. New York: Julian Messner, Inc. 1938. p. 34. # footnote b The Associated Press. Writer George Seldes, 104, dies; lauded as 'a witness to the century' News & Observer (Raleigh) July 3, 1995. p. 6A). # footnote c Seldes G. Falsehoods of the Spanish War. The Churchman October 1977. p. 7. # footnote d Hasler AB. How the Pope Became Infallible. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1981. p. 43. # footnote e Ibid., p. 109. # footnote f Ibid., p. 52. # footnote g Ibid., p. 237. # footnote h Kauffman CJ. Anti-Catholicism and the Knights of Columbus. In: Riley P, Shaw R, eds. Anti-Catholicism in the Media. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 1993. p. 239.
        # footnote i Blanshard P. American Freedom and Catholic Power. Boston: Beacon Press, 1950. p. 198.

        Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical Humanum Genus (1884), states that among the chief reasons why Freemasons, and democracy, must be condemned are the following:

"They teach that all men have the same rights, and are perfectly equal in condition; that every man is naturally free; that no one has a right to command others; that it is tyranny to keep men subject to any other authority than that which emanates from themselves. Hence they hold that the people are sovereign, that those who rule have no authority but by the commission and concession of the people, so that they can be deposed, willing or unwilling, according to the wishes of the people. Thus the origin of all rights and civil duties is in the people or in the State, which is ruled according to the new principles of liberty. They hold that the State must not be united to religion, that there is no reason why one religion ought to be preferred to another, and that all must be held in the same esteem."
        He ends his encyclical by inviting all the Catholic clergy as well as the whole lay world to exterminate the Freemasons without mercy.

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