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  •  Thanks for the info (10+ / 0-)

    I had never analyzed the Catholic church influence in the South before or after the Civil War.

    The Catholic church seems to still be struggling with their role;

    Catholicism and the Old South

    The Old South, Tate shows, had the only truly European civilization ever known in America. That is in the sense that it was a civilization rooted in its own soil. It was one that produced men who measured their success in life according to non-material standards, perhaps the chief of them being honor. It was an agricultural civilization, and a hierarchical one. That by itself was enough to make Pius or even most ordinary Catholics of the day sympathetic to the South. Certainly the Catholic Bishops of the South were sympathetic. There is no record of any failing to support the Confederacy. One of them, Bishop Patrick Lynch of Charleston, South Carolina, became President Davis’ envoy to Ven. Pope Pius IX.
    And this;

    Catholics in the South photo ScreenHunter_84Mar160920_zpsb05d56b6.jpg

    It seems to me that at best. as in the case of the Catholic church during the Nazi era and the Argentinean Dirty War, stood by during the Abolition movement and the Civil War.

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    by Shockwave on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:24:46 AM PDT

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    •  It's as with many things nuanced (5+ / 0-)

      Notice I said the "clergy" up north being involved, not the bishops.  Catholic bishops gave lip service to the idea that slavery was wrong but did not involve themselves in the abolitionist movement as that was a "Protestant thing".  

      But Catholic Irish radical Daniel O’Connell did influence the US Abolitionist movment and it appears some Catholic communities in the mid-west were assisting runaway slaves, perhaps German Catholics felt differently the the large Irish Catholic communities in the east.

      It's like so many times before - the leadership is cowardly but amongst the rank and file there are some heroes.

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