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An Un-American Secret Society 
Bound to the Italian Pope, By 
Pledges of Treason and Murder 



By 

THOS. E. WATSON 

Author of "The Story of France," "Napoleon," "Life and Times 
of Andrew Jackson," "Life and Times of Thomas Jeffer- 
son," "The Roman Catholic Hierarchy," Etc. 



Published by 

THE TOM WATSON BOOK COMPANY, Inc. 

THOMSON, GEORGIA 
1928 



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5th Edition 



An Un-American Secret Society 
Bound to the Italian Pope, By- 
Pledges of Treason and Murder 



By 

THOS. E. WATSON 

Author of ''The Story of France," "Napoleon" "Life and Times 
of Andrew Jackson," "Life and Times of Thomas Jeffer- 
son," "The Roman Catholic Hierarchy," Etc. 



Published by 

THE TOM WATSON BOOK COMPANY, Inc. 

THOMSON, GEORGIA 
1928 



Copyright, 1927 

GEORGIA WATSON LEE BROWN 

Thomson, Ga. 



The 4th Degree Oath of the Knights 
of Columbus 



WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 4TH DEGREE 
OATH OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS? 

THE most convincing witnesses against popery are those who 
voluntarily left it. They are the men and women who 
were on the inside. They could see and hear with their 
own eyes and ears. 

Thousands of these seceders from popery are people whose 
motives and characters are above suspicion. 

They do not quit Romanism to gain a reward, or to make 
money. Oftener than not, the seceders shoulder a cross, rather 
than win a crown, when they turn their backs upon the persecuting 
and murderous church of the Italians. 

One of the most notable seceders was the late James A. 
O'Connor, of New York. 

Another was the late Baroness Von Zedtwitz, who inherited 
a part of the Caldwell fortune in Kentucky, and who, when a 
mere impressionable girl, was cajoled and flim-flammed out of 
the money which started the Pope's great university in Washing- 
ton City. 

She knew Roman Catholicism from the inside, and she wrote 
a book about it, "The Double Doctrine of the Church of Rome." 

Another fact which the Romanist papers do not mention is, 
that one of the most powerful arraignments of popery was 
written by Anna Ella Carroll, of Maryland — a member of that 
celebrated Catholic family. 

Rev. James A. O'Connor founded "The Converted Catholic 
Magazine," in New York, and he spent many years of unrequited 
toil exposing the rottenness and the dangers of Rome. 

When he died from an accident several years ago, he was 
succeeded by Bishop Manuel Ferrando, who is also a seceder 
from popery, 

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In Open Letters to Cardinal Gibbons, this ex-priest whose 
character cannot be attacked, has said that he himself when a 
priest, had discovered conditions in convents that were fully as 
bad as those described by Maria Monk. 

Cardinal Gibbons did not dare to deny the accusation, and 
no Romanist paper has dared to ask Dr. Ferrando to name those 
convents. 

Now, it must occur to you, that here is a witness whose 
testimony about the secret oaths taken by priests on the inside 
deserves implicit belief. In the absence of denial, and impeach- 
ment, this witness ought to convince your reason. 

What does he say about the disputed oath of the Fourth 
Degree Knights of Columbus? 

(Mark you! in most all of the Romanist denials, no mention 
is made of the Fourth Degree.) 

In his magazine for December, 1912, Dr. Ferrando said: 

"Although it is repugnant to us, we are inclined to believe in 
the authenticity of the oath as it is quoted, or of something very 
similar to it, from the internal evidence we have of the workings 
of the Roman Church." 

Dr. Ferrando uses the editorial "we" ; but his statement 
amounts to this — 

"From what I know myself, from having been on the inside 
of Romanism, I believe the Knights have just such a secret oath 
as has been published." 

That's a mighty strong declaration : it was published before 
the oath was printed and circulated by Megonigel and Shade, of 
Philadelphia — the printer and the barber, both poor men. 

Why didn't the brave James A Flaherty, Supreme Knight 
and Supreme Traitor and Supreme Coward, and Supreme Liar — 
why didn't Flaherty prosecute Bishop Manuel Ferrando? 

Philadelphia is close to New York : and there are thousands 
of these valiant 4th degree traitors in New York : why didn't they 
pounce upon Dr. Ferrando? 

Why is it that these brave Romanists have never dared to pro- 
secute any man or zvoman zvho has been inside of popery? 



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They dare not do it ! 

The ex-priest knows too much ! The ex-nun knows too 
much! 

The foot-kissers will fling mud at the seceders, but they 
know better than to hale them into court. 

Take my own case, for instance : I, an outsider, quoted some 
popish nastiness in Latin, and was arrested for it. 

Ex-Priest P. A. Sequin not only published the same Latin, 
but translated the same Latin into extremely nasty English. 

Yet, they did not dare to arrest Seguin, although I brought 
him to Augusta, and he sold his obscene books all over the town. 
He rubbed elbows with priests while he was in Augusta, and 
Seguin's wife was offered a thousand dollars if they would go 
back to Wisconsin. 

When the brave old man and his fine wife stood their ground, 
and sJwwed that they meant to tell zvJiat they knew, at my trial, the 
case was continued by the prosecution. 

There I was under a criminal prosecution for publishing the 
very stuff that ex-priest Seguin was publishing and selling; yet, 
they did not dare to lay their hands on Seguin, zvho had been on 
the inside of the Roman church, and who knew it for what it 
actually is. 

Continuing his editorial. Bishop Ferrando says — 

"In my personal experience in convents and religious so- 
cieties of all kinds, I have come across many oaths embodying 
the satne ideas, and couched in equally barbarous and repulsive 
language; and it is not at all an uncommon thing that such oaths 
should be signed IN BLOOD." 

That awful charge was published in December, 1912. It was 
in February. 1913, that the brave Flaherty picked out the printer 
and the barber, and jumped on them. They had no money, and 
the man without money may be a man without friends who are 
able to hire good lawyers. 

Spoiling for a fight the ferocious Flaherty picked out the 
tzvo men zvho zvere least able TO FIGHT BACK. ' "H 

The barber and the printer did not vouch for the oath ; Bishop 
Ferrando did. 



The ex-priest had said in his Decemher, 1912, magazine, that 
during the time he was on the inside of the Roman church he 
had seen many such oaths, with the same murderous ideas and 
the same barbarous language, and that it was not uncommon 
for these helHsh oaths to be signed in the blood of those who took 
them. 

The Philadelphia printer had not said anything like that. 
The barber did not say he had seen just such oaths inside the 
popish institutions. 

But Dr. Ferrando did say that he had seen just such oaths, 
that he knew them to have been signed in blood, and that from 
the knozvledge he gained on the inside, he believed that the 4th 
Degree Knights did swear to that devilish oath ! 

And the brave Flaherty and his Big Lawyer Gaffney, passed 
over Dr. Ferrando, %vho kneiv, and landed heavily on two poor 
workmen, who did not know. 

Evidently, Flaherty and Gaffney know who to kick. 



HAS THE ALLEGED KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 

OATH BEEN PROVED A FAKE ? HAS A 

LIBEL BEEN REBUKED? 

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, from Maine to Florida, the 
Knights of Columbus have sent telegrams — or caused them to be 
sent and published — advertising the fact that tzvo obscure laborers, 
who probably have neither money nor "pull", pleaded guilty, 
when prosecuted for printing the alleged K. of C. oath. 

The promptitude with which this glorious news has been 
flashed over the wires and published in such a number of States, 
so far apart, at practically the same time, would seem to indicate 
a well prepared plan. 

First, of all, let us get the facts, as published by the Knights 
themselves. The Catholic Citicen, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will 
be a good paper to consult. 

On its first page, it publishes, on Feb. 7, 1914, a picture of 



Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty, and gives an account of 
the alleged trial of the Libel case. On the editorial page, appears 
a whoop of joy, under the headline — 

"A Knock-out hloiv." 

The knock-out, we learn from the editor, is given to all those 
who circulate the "skulking lie" about this K. of C. oath, and 
is given ^3; the outcome of the Libel case in Philadelphia, where 
these two poor laboring men lived. 

C. H. Shade and Charles Megonigel, were prosecuted for 
having printed and circulated the oath. 

They were charged with Libel and conspiracy. They were 
arrested on Feb. 27, 1913, a full year ago. They gave bond, after 
a preliminary hearing on Feb. 29, 1913. 

What delayed this case for a whole year? 

What sort of sleight-of-hand work has been done while these 
two men were out on bond ? 

Didn't the valiant James A. Flaherty yearn for a speedy 
vindication? Didn't he know that he ought to strike while the 
iron was hot? Why did he so suddenly cool off, and then wait 
so long before pressing these cases? 

The defendants must have known that they were entitled to 
a trial by jury. They must have known that they could compel 
the prosecution to produce the constitution, by-laws, ritual, &c., 
of that secret society. 

Flaherty knew it, too. Flaherty was in court, but he did 
not produce any books, papers, documents, or ritual. 

Joseph P. Gafifney, the big lawyer of the Knights of Columbus, 
was also present in court, but he had none of the Society's papers 
with him. 

They dared not produce tliose papers and let the judg^ and 
jury inspect them! 

The printers had acted in good faith and had taken the oath 
from The Menace. They had seen the oath in other papers. 
They had seen it circulated during a political campaign. 

Therefore, in the absence of proof of actual malice, the de- 
fendants were certain to be acquitted. 

But they had no money to hire expensive lawyers ; and besides, 
they have become rattled by threats. That's one of Rome's 
ways — to silence enemies b\ threats. 



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However this may be, they pleaded guilty of Libel and Con- 
spiracy. 

What zvas the conspiracy? Nobody even claims that there 
was any. Hovi^ could two ordinary laborers conspire against 
the Pope's American Army of 300,000 armed men, some of 
whom are the wealthiest and most powerful citizens of the 
country ? 

Nevertheless, the two laborers pleaded guilty of "conspiracy." 

Little fiste, Trip, had conspired to bite the Army, for Trip 
says so himself. 

I merely mention this absurd phase of the matter to strength- 
en my theory of a "frame-up" between the defendants and the 
Supreme Knight Flaherty. 

The defendants having pleaded guilty, were not fined one 
cent, nor ordered to a single hour of imprisonment ! 

Flaherty told the Judge (Wilson) that the plea of guilty had 
vindicated the Knights of Columbus, and that was all he wanted. 

Yet he asked Judge Wilson to keep sentence suspended over 
the heads of these two men. 

If the plea of guilty was enough, why demand very much more, 
and get it? 

Why keep the sword of vengeance hanging over the heads of 
these poor fellows? 

Under the circumstances, could anything be less calculated 
to inspire confidence in the good faith of this prosecution than 
the fact that Supreme Knight Flaherty and his big lawyer vir- 
tually demanded that these two men be left in the power of the 
Knights of Columbus? 

Flaherty and Gaflfney told Judge Wilson that they would be 
satisfied "if the court would discharge the defendants under a sus- 
pension of sentence." 

As who should say, "These men have vindicated us, but we 
want them kept in our power. Leave that sentence hanging over 
them, ready to come down upon them, and to smash them, any 
day we choose." 

I don't think very much of a vindication like that, do you? 



Judge Wilson allowed Flaherty to say in open court, but not 
under oath, the following words, vindicating the vindication: 

"This alleged oath is a tissue of falsehoods from the first 
word to the last — absolutely false. This prosecution was brought 
simply to vindicate the Knights of Columbus, because of the 
wide circulation given to this vile and scurrilous circular. Its 
purpose was to breed strife and arouse religious bigotry. The 
alleged oath is absolutely baseless and of such a flagrant character, 
that it is indeed surprising that anyone would give it the slightest 
credence." 

Now I hope Mr. James A. Flaherty and his big lawyer, Gafif- 
ney, will read a few words of mine and then take such action as 
they may deem necessary and proper. 

(1.) When James A. Flaherty and Joseph Gaffney, side- 
stepped such publishers as The Menace, The Jeffersonian Pub- 
lishing Co., Scarboro's Liberator, and various other publishers of 
that alleged K. of C. oath, being afraid to prosecute these strong 
companies, and chose, instead, to jump on two workmen who have 
to depend upon their daily labor for their daily bread, the said 
Flaherty and the said Gaffney did a most cowardly and contemp- 
tible thing. 

(2.) Long before Flaherty and Gaffney jumped that printer, 
Megonigel, and that barber. Shade, the Augusta Georgia, Knights 
of Columbus had publicly pledged themselves, in The Chronicle, 
to show that 4th degree oath to three Protestant ministers, Revs. 
DuBose, Cree and Jones; and after having published this pledge 
they backed down from, it. 

I had scornfully and repeatedly defied Victor J. Dorr and his 
brother Knights to show that oath: Victor & Co. were afraid 
to do it. 

(3.) The alleged oath is not a tissue of lies. The alleged 
oath is substantially the true one. 

The alleged oath does not vary, in any essential particular, 
from the damnable Jesuit oath which Cardinal Gibbons took. 



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Every Jesuit priest takes an oath that contains all the venom, 
the murder, the ruthless persecution, and the blind obedience to 
the Pope, that were in the published Knights of Columbus oath. 

(4.) The foot-prints of the Jesuits, on the records of history, 
prove that they comindt the crimes which they szvear to commit. 

That's the reason so nearly all of the Roman Catholic coun- 
tries expelled these diabolical Jesuits. 

(5. The published oath of the Knights of Columbus is in 
substantial accordance with the Canon law of Flaherty's church, 
in accordance with popish decrees, in accordance with the voice of 
Councils, in accordance with the dreadful and invariable practice 
in Roman Catholic countries WHERE THE JESUITS HAVE 
BEEN SUPREME. 

(6.) The Jesuits are noiv supreme throughout the Catholic 
church. They control the Pope — they would poison him if he 
defied them, just as they poisoned Pope Clement XVI., who 
abolished their whole devilisJi organisation. 

I hereby notify James A. Flaherty and his big lawyer, Gaff- 
ney, that I make these statements deliberately, and with a full 
sense of the responsibility involved. 

The Pope's American Army, these traitorous 4th Degree 
Knights of Columbus, is fully armed, and its war-chest is doubt- 
less full of ammunition for those rifles which they have been 
threatening to use on us. 

Archbishop James E. Quigley of Chicago, publicly made that 
threat ! 

He declared that if we dared to use the popish church as it 
had been used in France and Spain, those soldiers of the Pope 
would be ready for us. 

"We will answer ballots with bullets," said Quigley, the Arch- 
bishop who so worthily acts as spokesman for the Christ who 
said to Peter, in Christ's direct extremity, "Put up thy sword !" 

The Brooklyn Tablet, the official popish organ for all that 
vast population of Roman Catholics in and around New York 



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City, boasted editorially of the manner in which these armed 
soldiers of the Pope meant to cut their way to the White House! 

And Archbishop Blenk's paper, The Morning Star, New Or- 
leans, has editorially denounced our ''lying" Constitution and 
Declaration of Independence. 

If the fight is inevitable, let it come; The sooner we know 
whether we are to have a Papal Empire inside of our People's 
Republic, the better for all concerned. 

Let us not stop with "a. suspended sentence" over two labor- 
ing men, one of whom would seem to be an Irishman, like the 
valiant Flaherty, and who may be doing James A. Flaherty a 
friendly service by acting as dummy in this queer libel case. 

"Megonigel" — that sounds pretty good. Flaherty, Gaffney, 
Tumulty, O'Connell, O'Connor, Murphy, Quigley, Donoghue, 
Megonigel — how familiar the sound ! 

Is Megonigel a Catholic? Is Shade a Catholic? Did they 
play dummy for the valiant Knights, to accommodate those mid- 
night conspirators, and to enhance the glory of Holy Church and 
the Virgin Mary? 

The whole case bears a suspicious aspect. 

If Flaherty wanted to act the Man and tell the Truth, why 
did he not at least show the Fourth Degree oath to Judge Wilson 
and swear that it was the genuine oath ! 

If the oath is what Flaherty said it is, why this unconquerable 
disposition TO HIDE IT? 



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THE OATHS OF TREASON AND MURDER. THE 

BISHOP'S OATH, THE CARDINAL'S OATH, THE 

JESUIT'S OATH, AND THE FOURTH DEGREE 

OATH OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. 

CALLING THE BLUFF OF THE 

JACKSONVILLE KNIGHTS 

OF TREASON. 

The Knights of Columbus must be spending a large sum of 
money, scattering hand-bills, and buying space in the newspapers 
to circulate what they are pleased to call ""the brazen confession 

OF FRAUD." 

In these publications, the Knights of Columbus are denoun- 
cing those who publish the alleged Fourth Degree Oath of their 
Treason League. 

They say the Oath is a forgery, and that the alleged Jesuit 
Oath is likewise a forgery. 

The Knights are making the most of a letter, written by 
The Menace, to Mr. Leroy N. King, of Philadelphia, the date 
of the letter beitig March 5, 1913. 

It will be remembered that a printer named Megonigel, and 
a barber named Shade, were arrested in Philadelphia at the 
instance of James A. Flaherty, Supreme Knight of the Treason 
League. 

After the case had been on the docket for a year, the de- 
fendants consented to a perfunctory plea of guilt and were re- 
leased without fine and without sentence to imprisonment. 

They were charged with having printed and circulated the 
alleged 4th Degree Oath of the Knights of Columbus, a copy of 
which will be found elsewhere in this booklet. 

Mr. Leroy King represented himself as having been em- 
ployed by the defendants in the above stated case, and his letter 
to The Menace was written by him in that capacity: he virtually 
asks that The Menace furnish him with the evidence to prove 
that the 4th Degree Knights were bound by that kind of an Oath. 

In replying to Mr. King, The Menace told him that it did not 
possess a copy of the oath, but "we believe we are in a fair 



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way to get it." 

Unfortunately, The Menace added, "the statement in a recent 
issue of The Menace which led you to believe that we had it in our 
possession, whik somewhat of a bluff on our part, was based on 
the fact that we know where it can be had." 

Candor compels me to say that The Menace made a bad break 
in writing such a sentence. Our people do not like bluffs: they 
demand SINCERITY. 

So far as I can see, no effort whatever was made to defend 
Megonigel and Shade. Virtually, Mr. King asked The Menace 
for ammunition ; and when he did not get it, he threw down his 
gun. 

Why did this case drag along for a whole year? Why did 
not Mr. King serve the Knights of Columbus with notices to 
produce their papers in court? Why did he not compel James 
Flaherty and the other head ofBcials of the Treason League, to 
show their ritual, their pledges, their by-laws and their 4th De- 
gree oath? 

If the conduct of The Menace was a mistake, what must we 
say of the conduct of the lawyer who was employed to defend the 
printer and that barber? 

The Menace is not a sworn attorney : The Menace did not 
take a fee to defend those men : The Menace had no right to 
compel the Knights to produce their oath of Treason. The 
Menace was not a party to the case at all. The Menace had no 
standing in court. 

What kind of a lawyer is it that grounds arms and sur- 
renders, when one supposed witness says he knows nothing of 
the facts ? 

What moral or legal right did Mr. Leroy King have to call 
upon The Menace to do what his clients employed liim to do? 

The fact that King threw up his hands and gave The Menace's 
letter to the Knights, indicates a trap laid for The Menace. -^ 

'J hat The Menace walked right into it, is not pleasing to h.s-,- 
but what will right-thinking .Americans suspect about the men 
ivho laid the trap/ 



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If Chief Knight James A. Flaherty was acting on the square, 
why did he not, at least, show the 4th degree oath to the pre- 
siding judge, and then ask the judge to announce that the oath 
was what this Treason League claims it to be. 

..Flaherty made a verbal, unsworn statement, but did not pro- 
duce any evidence, written or verbal. 

Five Knights, of Jacksonville, sign a "Challenge" to show the 
oath to three Protestant clergymen. 

Only five? Why, in Augusta, Georgia, more than a dozen 
Knights published a signed pledge to show that oath. 

BUT THEY HAVE NEVER SHOWN IT. 

Those Augusta Knights named the three Protestant preachers 
— Cree, Jones and DuBose — to whom they would show the 4th 
degree oath. And tlieii, were afraid to keep their word ! 

Now, I have no time to spend in Jacksonville, where the 
Knights slap the face of a Methodist preacher who uses free 
speech in his pulpit, and where Dixie reviles a Christian preacher 
for doing the same thing. 

/ have no lives to throzv away among such brutes as Ben 
Burbridge; nor do I care to have my face slapped by the Jackson- 
ville Knights. 

Consequently, their challenge for someone to come to Jack- 
sonville to meet them, is not accepted. 

But I make this counter challenge. 

I will put up the $1,000 against their $5,000— as they de- 
mand — if they will come to Thomson, Georgia, and submit to the 
arbitrament of the three Protestant ministers who live here, or 
of the three, who were selected by the Augusta Knights. 

My proposal is to prove — 

( 1 ) . That the oath taken by the three American Cardinals, 
is an Oath of Treason and Persecution. 

(2.) That the oath taken by Romanist bishops /,v an oath 
that logically leads to murder : 

(3.) That the Jesuit oath, as heretofore published in books, 
pamphlets and papers, is an oath of treason, and of crime — lead- 
ing logically to just such persecutions, massacres, burnings, and 
outlawries as popery has practised for ages. 



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(4.) That the oath of the 4th Degree Knight contains the 

elements of treason, of disloyalty to our free principles of Church 
and State, of ruthless boycott and persecution, and of the same 
horrible encouragement to murder, that is contained in Romanist 
theology, Romanist canon lazv, Romanist secret oaths and societies, 
and Romanist history. 

I will place a certified check for $1,000 with the Bank of 
Thomson, the oldest and strongest of our local banks, and not 
connected with me in any way. Let those Jacksonville Knights 
put up their $5,000. Then let it be agreed that the informal 
court of three clergymen shall have the same authority to send for 
persons and papers, that a Congressional Investigation Committee 
possesses. 

My references are The Georgia Railroad Bank; Ramsey & 
Legwen, Cotton Factors; The McDuffie Bank, The Bank of 
Thomson. 

The challengers are — P. J. D. Larmoyeux, A. N. O'Keefe, 
T. J. Golden, J. A. Wrigley, J. S. Keane. 

Now, let them show their honesty, by coming to a town where 
preachers are not slapped for preaching their own opinions in their 
own churches. 

If these Knights have nothing to hide, why so much conceal- 
ment ? 

If they are not afraid to show that 4th degree oath, why is 
it that they resort to every dodge and subterfuge to keep from 
showing it ? 

Your brutal Ben Burbridge slapped the face of the Methodist 
preacher. John A. Hendry— cursed him and slapped him on the 
streets of Jacksonville, because he had, in his own pulpit, de- 
nounced popery. 

Your brutal mobs have beaten up such fearless Protestants 
as William Loyd Clark, P. A. Seguin, Jeremiah Crowley, Otis 
L. Spurgeon, and Horace Bolles. 

Your brutal mob attacked a peaceable Baptist congregation, 
assembled in a Baptist church, at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, be- 
cause it was listening to a lecture against popery. 

Your brutal mob kidnapped and maltreated a peaceable citi- 
zen at Anoka, Minn., because he was supposed to be the anti- 
papal lecturer, Dancey. 



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Your brutal organization boycotted my own business, tried 
to destroy it, and endeavored to send me to the penitentiary be- 
cause I had published a chapter out of one of your devilish 
books. 

There isn't a CRIME contemplated in the alleged 4the Degree 
Oath that you have not ATTEMPTED, OR COMMITTED. 

Your 4th Degree men are armed members of a Treason 
League, — and the law ought to break you up — just as the law 
broke up the Mollie Maguires and the Ku Klux Klan. 

Your Treason League is a more dangerous enemy to the 
general welfare of this country, than the Black Hand ever was — 
more dangerous than White Slavers are ! 

You are bound by oath as vassals of a foreign potentate — 
a usurper at that and the vilest of imposters — the deadliest enemy 
to democracy, to labor, to self-government, to Home Rule, to 
morality and true reli,gion. 

You have no legal right to vote, serve on juries, or hold 
office : by the oath you take, you voluntarily become aliens ; and 
you should not be allowed to exercise any civil right, or political 
privilege, that other aliens are not permitted to enjoy. 

If you were coming into this country from Italy, you would 
have to swear off that treasonous oath, before you could become 
naturalized citizens. 

If you were Italians, living in Rome, and bound to the Italian 
pope as you are now bound, it would not be any of our business ; 
and you would not be a menace to our liberties. 

The fact that you are spies and traitors, inside our citadel, 
is what constitutes our danger from you, and gives us the right 
to know your plots and purposes. 

What are you buying those rifles for? 

Why are you doing all of this secret drilling? 

Why this "Militia of Christ", which Archbishop Quigley 
boastfully declared was ready to fight, when the Italian pope gave 
the word? 

Who is it your Italian boss wants you to fight? 

When do you expect your orders from Italy? 



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What sort of Christianity is it that needs so many secret 
societies, so many secret oaths, so many secret drill-masters, so 
many swords and rifles? 

Do you think we are blind? Do you imagine that we will 
allow these menacing preparations for war to continue indefinite- 
ly? 

Do you fancy that the Italian priest, wearing the triple crown, 
can take his own time, and use his own methods to subvert our 
democratic institutions ? 

Already your brutal mobs have attacked our churches, beaten 
our speakers, threatened the lives of others, and shouted in the 
streets of such cities as Brooklyn, "DEATH TO THE PRO- 
TESTANTS!" 

Already your Quigleys and your Phelans have insolently told 
us that your Italian boss has the right to "punish" Protestants, 
for being Protestants, just as the State has the right to punish 
criminals for being criminals. 

And the Quigleys and Phelans tell us that your Itailian boss 
will use your swords and guns when he chooses to do so. 

In August, 1913, I wrote to priest, D. S. Phelan, whose 
Western Watchman is a great Romanist organ. Phelan himself 
is a strong man, and a brave one, a thoroughly typical Roman 
priest. He was educated under Pope Leo XIII., who enjoined 
it upon popish teachers to instill into the minds of clerical students 
the doctrines of St. Thomas Aquinas. 

These doctrines inculcate every principle contained in the 
Jesuit oath, and in the alleged oath of 4th degree Knights of 
Columbus. Among other things, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches 
that heretics — all non-Catholics are heretics — may be punished in 
every way, even unto death. 

Therefore, I was not surprised by Phelan's answer to my 
questions. 

Let me quote two of the questions and his answers thereto : 

Question : Do you say and maintain that the pope has the 
right to use physical force? 



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If, so, in what cases, to what extent, and upon what grounds? 

Answer : The Pope, as the church's chief executive, has the 
right to use physical force. Who shall deny it to him? He 
has been given a mission by God, and whatsoever measure law- 
fully conduces to the success of that mission he can employ. Phy- 
sical punishment is a lawful means of promoting justice and 
morality. The State uses them. The church can if she chooses. 

Question: Do you approve the persecution of Protestants 
in Peru and other States controlled by your church? 

If so, upon what grounds? 

Answer: Protestants are not persecuted in Peru. They 
ARE SUPPRESSED. The grounds for suppressing them is : they 
are a nuisance. 

Question : Do you approve religious toleration in this coun- 
try? 

If so, upon what grounds? 

Answer : I do not approve of religious or immoral tolera- 
tion. Blasphemy and indecency are rightly punished by fine and 
imprisonment. 

Thus he classes Protestantism with blasphemy and indecency. 



It's up to you, Messrs. Knights of the Pope's Treason 
League. 

Toe the mark, now — or hack down! 

Advertising The Menace as a fraud, does not prove that your 
secret order is not a Treason League. 

And when you say that the Jesuit oath is a forgery, / know 
that you lie, for that oath has been dragged into court, just as the 
Bishop's oath was dragged from concealment when the British 
Parliament got after your murderous hierarchy. 



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You had a mighty fine chance to show that oath in the Me- 
gonigel case, and you were afraid to show it. 

Flaherty lied about it, in a verbal unsworn statement, just as 
you lie about it, in your newspaper advertisements. 

Now, come and face the music; IF YOU DARE! 



ALLEGED KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OATH. 

(Extracts — 4th Degree.) 
, now in the Presence of Almighty God, the 



Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy 
apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, and all the Saints, sacred host 
of Heaven, and to you, my Ghostly Father, the superior general 
of the society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, in the 
pontification of Paul the III., and continued to be present, do 
by the womb of the Virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of 
Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his Holiness, the Pope, is 
Christ's vice-regent, and is the true and only head of the Catholic 
or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of 
the keys of binding and loosing given his holiness by my Savior, 
Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, 
States, commoH wealths and governments that they may be safely 
destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power, I will defend 
this doctrine and his Holiness' right and custom against all 
usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, es- 
pecially the Lutheran Church of Germany, Holland, Denmark, 
Sweden and Norway, and the. now pretended authority and church- 
es of England and Scotland, and the branches of same now es- 
tablished in Ireland, and on the continent of America and else- 
where, and all adherents in regard that they may be usurped and 
heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. 

/ now denounce and disown any allegiance as due to any 
heretical king, prince or State, named Protestant or Liberals, or 
obedience to any of their laws, m,agistrates or officers. 



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/ do further declare, that I will help, assist and advise all or 
any of his Holiness' agents, in any place where I should be, in 
Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Ireland or America, or in any 
other kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my utmost to 
extirpate the heretical Protestant or Masonic Doctrines, and to 
destroy all their pretended powers, legal or otherwise. 

I do further promise and declare that, notwithstanding I am 
dispensed with to assume any religion heretical for the propaga- 
tion of the Mother Church's interest; to keep secret and private 
all her agent's counsels from time to time, as they entrust me, 
and not divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or cir- 
cumstance whatever, but to execute all that should be proposed, 
given in charge, or discovered unto me, by any Ghostly Father or 
any of this sacred order. 

I do further promise and declare that I will have no opinion 
or will of my own or any mental reservaiion whatsaever, even 
as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitating- 
ly obey each and every command that I may receive from my 
superiors in the militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ. 

That I will go to any part of the world withersoever I may 
be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, to the burning sands 
of the desert of Africa, or the Jungles of India, to the centers of 
civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous 
savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be 
submissive in all things whatsoever is communicated to me. 

I do further promise and declare that I will, when opportunity 
presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly and openly, 
against all heretics, Protestants and Masons, as I am directed 
to do, to extirpate them from the face of the whole earth; and 
that I will spare neither age, sex or condition, and that I will 
burn, hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle, and bury alive these in- 
famous heretics ; rip up the stomachs and wombsp of the women, 
and crush their infants' head against the walls, in order to anni- 
hilate their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done 
openly, I will secretly use the poisonous cup, the strangulation cord, 



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the steel of the poinard, or the leaden bullet, regardless of the 
honor, rank, dignity or authority of the persons, whatever be 
their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time 
may be directed so to do, by any agent of the Pope, or Superior 
of the Brotherhood of the Holy Father of the Society of Jesus. 

In confirmation of which I hereby dedicate my life, soul and 
all corporeal powers, and with the dagger which I now receive 
I will subscribe my name, written in my blood, in testimony there- 
of ; and should I prove false or weaken in my deternlination, may 
my brethren and fellow soldiers of the militia of the Pope, cut 
off my hands and feet and my throat from ear to ear, my belly 
opened and sulphur burned therein with all the punishment that 
can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul shall be tortured 
by demons in eternal hell forever. 

That I zvill in voting ahvays vote for a Knight of Columbus 
in preference to a Protestant — especially a Mason and that I will 
leave my party so to do; that if tzvo Catholics are on the ticket 
I zvill satisfy myself zvhich is the better supporter of the Mother 
Church and vote accordingly. 

That I zvill not deal zvith or epiploy a Protestant if in my 
pozver to deal zvith or employ a Catholic. That I zvill place 
Catholic girls in Protestant families of the heretics. 

That I zvill provide myself zvith arm,s and ammunition that 
I may be in readiness zvhen the zvord is passed, or I am, com- 
manded to defend the church, either as an individual or zvith the 
militia of the Pope. 

All of which I, : , do swear by the blessed Trinity and 

the blessed Sacrament which I am now to receive, to perform and 
on my part to keep this my oath. 

In testimony thereof. I take this most holy and blessed Sac- 
rament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further, zvith my 
name zvritten zvith the point of this dagger, dipped in my ozvn 
blood, and seal, in the face of this Hol\ Sacrament. 



Signature 

(Copied from Congressional Record of February 15th, 1913). 



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REASONS FOR BELIEVING THAT THE KNIGHTS 

OF COLUMBUS (4th DEGREE) TAKE AN OATH 

SIMILAR TO THE ONE PUBLISHED IN THE 

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OF FEB. 15, 1913. 

(A.) It is in line with the undeniable oaths of Bishops 
Cardinals and Jesuit priests. Those undeniable oaths have been 
proven in Court, have been published for generations, have been 
practised for centuries, and have never been denied by any repre- 
sentative prelate of the Roman Catholic church. 

No American bishop, archbishop, or cardinal, or Jesuit priest, 
has dared to go before the public denying those damnable oaths. 

The denials are made by laymen Catholics who may not know 
any better. 

Only a few months ago. Priest D. S. Phelan, of The Western 
Watchman, wrote to me a letter for publication in which he practi- 
cally admitted that popery requires its votaries to do what the al- 
leged Oath of the Knights binds them, to do. 

Priest Phelan's letter was published in The Jeffersonian. 

In substance, he said that his Church had as much right to 
put a man to death for heresy, as the State had to execute him for 
murder, arson, and rape. 

The greater includes the lesser ; therefore, if the Pope's church 
has the right to kill you for not being a Roman Catholic, it has 
a right to inflict lighter penalties — such as boycott, imprisonment, 
torture, ostracism, and other forms of punishment. 

(B.) The alleged 4th degree Oath is in line with the dogmas 
of popish Councils, of popish decrees, of the popish theology, and 
of the popish canon law. 

The Popes have claimed and exercised the right to imprison, 
torture, and kill. They have done so for hundreds of years. 
The claims of the Popes have not been withdrawn ; and they are 
yet exercised wherever possible. Thus the Spanish teacher, Fer- 



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rer, was murdered a few years ago, because he was introducing 
secular education into priest-ridden Spain. 

The Council of Trent, the canon law of the Roman church, 
and the official publications of the present Pope, as well as those 
of his immediate predecessors, all make to the same end, to-wit, 
the right of the Roman church to punish people for not becoming 
subject to the Pope. 

They say that "persecute" is not the right word, but that 
"punish" is correct: to the heretic who is tortured, starved, boy- 
cotted, ostracised, or murdered, it matters little whether they call 
it "punishment" or "persecution." 

But in the oath taken by bishops and cardinals the word is 
"persecute" : in the Jesuit oath the word is "extirpate." 

History shows that Popes persecute and extirpate; and the 
crime ranges all the way, from the assassination of a private in- 
dividual to the massacre of a sect. 

In the Canon law, now of force in the Roman Catholic church, 
we read — 

"(6.) If any man say that her intolerance in the condem- 
nation of all sects is not divinely commanded 

let him be accursed. 

(12.) If any man say that the power of the church lies only 
in-counsel or persuasion, but not in legal commands, in coercion 
and compulsion, by external jurisdiction, and in wholesome pains, 
let him be accursed." 

"The Bull of Pope John XXII. condemned John Gianduno 
and Marsilius of Padua as heretics, because they denied to the 
church the right of punishing by corporal pains, and it declared 
that she could inflict pains even unto death." (See "The Pope, 
the Kings, and the People," William Arthur, Vol. I., p. 23.) 

"Princes ... in ecclesiastical affairs have no laws to 
give, but humbly expect them from the Church. They have to 
hear and believe. 

They have to obey .... and to make others obey." 
(Phillips II., 561.) 

Father Scrader says: "The Allocution of Dec. 15, 1856, 
contains not merely the CONDEMNATION OF FREEDOM 



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OF WORSHIP, but also the condemnation of unrestricted 
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, and 
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS." 

It is Scrader who uses the small capital to emphasize the 
papal law on those subjects. Der Papst und die modermen 
Ideen. Heft. II., p. 35.) 

In the Syllabus which sums up the powers of the Roman 
church, we find — 

"She has the right to require that the Catholic religion shall 
be the only religion of the State, to the exclusion of all others. 

She has the power of requiring the State not to permit free 
expression of opinion. 

She has the right to uphold the laws of religious orders against 
the civil authority; the right to deprive the latter of power to aid 
any who, after having taken vows, should seek to escape from 
monasteries or nunneries. 

She has the right to hold kings and princes to her jurisdiction, 
and of denying that their power is superior to her own in determ- 
ining questions of jurisdiction." 

In other words, the Pope will fix the boundary line of his 
own power, and the Civil Power must submit. 

That makes the Pope the Supreme, universal Lord of the whole 
world. 

"She has the right to deprive the civil authority of power to 
sanction divorce, in any case." 

All persons desiring a divorce must apply to the Italian priest 
who wears the triple crown at Rome. (Arthur's work already 
cited, Vol. I., p. 74-5.) 

St. Thomas Aquinas is a favorite theologian with the Papacy. 
The late Pope Leo XIII. was particularly fond of Saint Thomas, 
and in the Encyclical or Scholastic Philosophy he directed the 
teacher to "make it their task to instill the doctrine of Thomas 
Aquinas into the minds of their scholars." ' • - 

One of the great doctrines of Saint Thomas — a doctrine 
which the teachers were to instill into the minds of their scholars 
is, that the Roman Catholic church may boycott, ostracise, and 
starve the heretic — "excommunication," as proclaimed and prac- 



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tised by the Popes means just that. The person excommunicated 
is cut off from all human ties, intercourse and help : nothing is 
left him but to submit, or die. 

But, Saint Thomas, going further, teaches expressly that the 
Roman church may kill, as well as excommunicate. 

"With regard to heretics," he wrote, "two elements are to be 
considered; one element on their side, and the other on the part 
of the Church. On their side is the sin whereby they have de- 
served, not only to be separated from the Church by excommuni- 
cation, but also to be banished from the world by death. 

For it is a much heavier offense to corrupt the faith, whereby 
the life of the soul is sustained, than to tamper with the coinage, 
which is an aid to temporal life. Hence, if coiners or other 
malefactors are at once handed over by secular princes to a just 
death, much more may heretics, immediately they are convicted 
of heresy, be not only excommunicated, but also justly done to 
die. 

But on the part of the Church is mercy in view of the con- 
version of them that err, and therefore she does not condemn at 
once, but 'after the first and second admonition,' as the apostle 
teaches. After that, however, if the man is still found perti- 
nacious, the Church, having no hope of his conversion, provides 
for the safety of others, cutting him off from the Church by the 
sentence of excommunication ; and. further, she leaves him to the 
secular tribunal to be exterminated from the world by death." 
(Aquinas Ethicus : or The Moral Teaching of St. Thomas." A 
translation of the principal portion of the second part of "Summa 
Theologica," by Joseph Rickaby, S. J., Vol., page 332.) 

That is where Priest D. S. Phelan got the doctrine which he 
manfully announced in The Jeffersonian. 

His teachers had instilled it into his mind, as Pope Leo XHI. 
had commanded them to do. 

And I have some respect for a brave Romanist, like Phelan, 
who boldly tells the truth about the real law of his so-called church. 



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He gloats over the massacre of Huguenots, Waldensians, 
Dutch and English: he exults over Catholic intolerance in Peru 
and Spain : he courageously proclaims his allegiance to the Italian 
pope, and shouts, "To hell with the Government of the United 
States." 

I can respect a man of that sort ; but for these sneaking, 
lying, treacherous Knights of Columbus, my scorn and contempt 
knows no limits. 

The alleged oath is in exact keeping with the laws of their 
church and with the teachings of her most approved theologians — 
also with other oaths not denied, and a bloody record that cannot 
be obliterated. 

For all the foregoing reasons, I declare my belief in the sub- 
stantial correctness of the alleged Oath as it appears in "The Con- 
gressional Record." 

I have confined myself to Roman Catholic canonists who 
have acted as professors at Maynooth College, or whose text- 
books are in use at that Irish College of priestly education. I 
have other noted works on the subject before me as I write, which 
are equally insistent as to the necessity for Roman Catholic States 
to suppress Protestantism. One is by Dr. Joseph Hergenrother, 
professor of canon law at the University of Wurburg, entitled, 
"Catholic Church and Christian State." It is generally known 
that the writer of this work was rewarded by the Pope for his 
labors by the presentation of a cardinal's hat. On page 309 of 
Volume II. we find the assertion that "it is not contrary to the 
spirit of Christianity to punish heretics with death by fire." 

Professor Marianus de Luca, S. J., in the year 1900 A. D., 
wrote as follows : — "The good that is most necessary to the Church 
is the unity of the true faith, and that cannot be preserved unless 
the heretic be handed over to death . . . . So when heretics 
have been left to the secular arm the judges must inflict on them 
the penalty, not of death only, but of fire." (Public Ecclesiastical 
Law." pp. 58-60.) 

(The above paragraph is quoted from a booklet, "Irish Pro- 
testant and the Fear of Persecution," by Arthur Walsh, published 



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by The Imperial Protestant Federation of London, England, in 
1914.) 

My countrymen ! I beg you to ponder upon the solemn warn- 
ing of the late Canon Melville, of the Church of England : 

"Make peace, if you will, with Popery; receive it into your 
Senate; shrine it in your churches; plant it in your hearts; but 
be ye certain, as certain that there is a heaven above you, and a 
God over you, that the Popery thus honoured and embraced, is 
the very Popery that was loathed and degraded by the holiest of 
your fathers: the same in haughtiness, the same in intolerance, 
which lorded it over kings, assumed the prerogative of Deity, 
crushed human liberty, and slew the saints of God." 

FRIEND! God requires every one of His servants to resist 
soul-destroying Popery, which eventually ruins every land in which 
it flourishes. 



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TWO ROMANIST OATHS AS PRINTED BY EX-PRIEST 
P. A. SEGUIN, AND NOT DENIED. 

THE CARDINAL'S OATH. 

"I, , Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, do 

promise and swear that, from this time to the end of my life, 
I will be faithful and obedient unto St. Peter, the holy apostolic 
Roman church and our most holy lord, the Pope of Rome and 
his successors, canonically and lawfully elected ; that I will give 
no advice, consent or assistance against the Pontifical Majesty 
and person ; that I will never knowingly and advisedly, to their 
injury or disgrace, make public the counsels entrusted to me by 
themselves, or by messengers or letters ; also that I will give 
them any assistance in retaining, defending and recovering the 
Roman Papacy and the regalia of Peter, with all my might, and 
endeavor, so far as the rights and privileges of my order will al- 
low it, and will defend them against all their honor and state; 
and I will direct and defend, with due form of honor the Legates 
and Nuncios of the Apostolic See, in the territories, churches 
monasteries and other benefices committed to my keeping; and 
I will cordially co-operate with them and treat them with honor 
in their coming, abiding and returning, and that I will resist 
UNTO BLOOD, all persous whatsoever, who shall attempt anything 
against them. That I will, by every way and by every means, 
strive to preserve, augment and advance the rights, honors, privi- 
leges, the AUTHORITY of the Holy Roman Bishop, our Lord the 
Pope and his. before mentioned, successors; and that, at what- 
ever time anything shall be decided to their prejudice, which is 
out of my power to hinder, as soon as I shall know that any steps 
or measures have been taken in the matter, I will make it known 
to the same our Lord or his successors, or some other person by 
whose means it may be brought to their knowledge. That I will 
keep and carry out and cause others to keep and carry out the 
rules of the Holy Father, the decrees, ordinances, dispensations, 
reservations, provisions, apostolic mandates and constitutions of 



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the Holy Father Sextus, of happy memory, as to visiting the 
threshold of the Apostles at certain prescribed times, according 
to the TENOR of that which I have just read through. That I will 
seek out and oppose, persecute and fight (ommi conatu persecu- 
turum et impugnaturum) against heretics, schismatics who op- 
pose our Lord, the Pope of Rome and his before mentioned suc- 
cessors, and this I will do, with every possible effort." 

(Signature), then sent to the Pope. 

A PRIEST'S OATH 

"I, , now in the presence of Almighty God, the 

blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the 
blesed St. John the Baptist, the Holy Apostle St. Peter and St. 
Paul and the Saints and Sacred Host of Heaven, and to you, my 
Lord, I do declare from my heart, without mental reservation 
that the Pope is Christ's Vicar-General and is the true and only 
Head of the Universal Church throughout the earth, and that, 
by virtue of the Keys of binding and loosing given to his Holi- 
ness by Jesus Christ he has power to depose Heretical Kings, 
Princes, States, Commonwealths and Governments, all being il- 
legal without his sacred confirmation, and that they may safely 
BE destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power, I will de- 
fend this • doctrine and His Holiness' rights and customs against 
all usurpers of the Protestant authority whatsoever, especially 
against the now pretended authority and Church in England and 
all adherents, in regard that they may be usurped and heretical, 
opposing the Sacred Mother, the Church of Rome. 

I DO RENOUNCE AND DISOWN ANY ALLEGiAncE as due to any 
Protestant King, Prince or State, or obedience to any of their 
inferior officers. I do further declare the doctrine of the Church 
of England, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and other Protestants, 
to be damnable and those to be damned who will not forsake the 
same. 

I do further declare that I will help, assist and advise all or 
any of his Holiness' agents, in any place wherever I shall be, and 
to do my utmost to extirpate the Protestant doctrine and to de- 



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stroy all their pretended power, regal or otherwise. I do further 
promise and declare that, notwithstanding I may be permitted by 
dispensation to assume any heretical religion (Protestant Denomi- 
nations) for the propagation of the Mother Church's interest, 
to keep and private all her agents' counsels as they entrust me, 
and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or cir- 
cumstances whatsoever, but to execute all which shall be proposed, 
given in charge or discovered unto me by you, my most Reverend 
Lord and Bishop. 

All of which, I, , do swear by the blessed Trinity 

and blessed Sacrament which I am about to receive, to perform, 
on my part to keep inviolably, and do call on all the Heavenly and 
Glorious Host of Heaven to witness my real intention to keep 
THIS MY OATH. 

In testimony whereof, I take this most Holy and Blessed 
Sacrament of the Eucharist and witness the same further with 
my consecrated hand, in the presence of my Holy Bishop and all 
the Priests who assist him in my Ordination to the Priesthood. 

THE JESUIT'S OATH. 

The oath of the Jesuit, as Jesuitism does in every thing, 
transcends in intolerance and wickedness, all other. This oath 
came to light in the celebrated trial of Father Lavalatte, in Paris, 
in the year 1761, when the "Constitutions" of the Society and 
other holy things (?) were dragged from the secret councils 
of iniquity. The existence of such an oath, that the Jesuits take 
this oath, indeed, that they take any oath, has been denied in this 
country. But as well might the Jesuits deny that Loyola ever 
lived, or that there was ever an Order of Jesuits. Here is the 
oath: 

I, , now in the presence of Almighty God, the blessed 

Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed 
St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, 
and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you my 
ghostly fathers, do declare from my heart, without mental reser- 



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vation, that his holiness pope , is Christ's Vice General, 

and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church 
throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding 
and loosing given to his holiness by my Savior Jesus Christ, he 
hath pomer to depose heretical kings, princes, States, common- 
wealths, and governments, all being illegal without his sacred con- 
fimation, and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to 
the utmost of my power, I shall and will defend this doctrine, and 
his holiness' rights and customs, against all usurpers of the here- 
tical (Protestant) authority whatsoever; especially against the 
new-pretended authority and Church of England, and all ad- 
herents, in regard that they and she be usurpal and heretical op- 
posing the sacred mother church of Rome. / do renounce and 
disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or State 
named Protestant, or obedience to any of their inferior magistrates 
or officers. I do further declare that the doctrine of the Church 
of England, the Cavinists, the Huguenots, and others of the name 
Protestants, to he damnable, and they themselves are damned and 
to be damned, that will not forsake the same. I do further de- 
clare that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his holiness' 
agents in any place wherever I shall be, in England, Scotland, and 
Ireland, or in any other territory or kingdom I shall come to, 
and do my utmost to extirpate the heretical Protestant's doctrine, 
and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise, I 
do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding, I am dis- 
pensed with to assume any religion heretical, for the propagating 
of the mother church's interest, to keep secret and private all her 
agents' councils, from time to time, as they entrust me, and not 
to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing, or in any cir- 
cumstance whatsoever, but to execute all that shall be proposed, 
given in charge, or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, 

or any of this sacred convent. All what I. , do swear 

by the blessed Trinity, and blessed Sacrament which I am now 
to receive, to perform, and on my part to keep inviolably; and do 
call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness these 



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my real intention to keep this oath. In testimony whereof, I 
take this most holy and blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist; and 
witness the same with my hand and seal, in the face of this holy 

convent, this day of Ano 

Domini " 



THE CANON LAW OF POPERY 

The Canon Law, the undisputed fundamental code of Rom- 
anism, is utterly incompatible with the Constitution and laws 
of our Republic, as witness the following leading provisions, 
gleaned therefrom by Dr. G. F. Von Schulte, Professor of Canon- 
ical Law at Prague, viz : 

"L All human power is from evil, and must therefore be 
standing under the Pope. i^ t 

"H. The temporal powers must act unconditionally, in ac- 
cordance with the orders of the spiritual. 

'TIL The Church is empowered to grant, or to take away, 
any temporal possession. 

'TV. The Pope has the right to give countries and nations 
which are non-Catholic to Catholic regents, who can reduce them 
to slavery. 

"V. The Pope can make slaves of those Christian subjects 
whose prince or ruling power is interdicted by the Pope. 

"VI. The laws of the Church, concerning the liberty of the 
Church and the Papal power, are based upon divine inspiration. 

VII. The Pope has the right to annul State laws, treaties, 
constitutions, etc. ; to absolve from obedience thereto, as soon 
as they seem detrimental to the rights of the Church, or those of 
the clergy. 

"IX. The Pope possesses the right or admonishing, and, if 
needs be, of punishing the temporal rulers, emperors, and kings, 
as well as of drawing before the spiritual forum any case in 



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which a mortal sin occurs. 

"X. Without the consent of the Pope no tax or rate of any 
kind can he levied upon a clergyman, or upon any Church what- 
soever. 

"XI. The Pope has the right to absolve from oaths, and 
obedience to the persons and the laws of the princes whom he 
excommunicates. 

"XI 1. The Pope can annul all legal relations of those in ban, 
especially their marriages. 

"XIII. The Pope can release from every obligation, oath, 
vow, either before or after being made. 

"XIV. The execution of Papal commands for the persecution 
of heretics causes remissions of sins. 

"XV. He that kills one that is excommunicated is no mur- 
derer in a legal sense." 

These Canons are amply corroborated by the following para- 
graphs from the Syllabus of Pius IX., issued Dec. 8th, 1864, and 
subsequently by the Decree of Infallibility confirmed as truths 
eternal and equal in authority with the Decalogue, viz : 

"The State has not the right to leave every man free to pro- 
fess and embrace whatever religion he shall deem true. 

"It has not the right to enact that the ecclesiastical powers 
shall require the permission of the civil power in order to the 
exercise of its authority. 

"It has not the right to treat as an excess of power, or as 
usurping the rights of princes, anything that the Roman Pontiffs 
of Ecumenical Councils have done. 

"It has not the right to adopt the conclusions of a National 
Church Council, unless confirmed by the Pope. 

"It has not the right of establishing a National Church separate 
from the Pope. 

it has not the right to the entire direction of puljlic schools. 

"It has not the right to assist subjects who wish to abandon 
the monasteries or convents." 

Then in the same Syllabus the rights and powers of the Church 
are afifirmed thus, viz : 

"She has the right to require the State not to leave every man 



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free to profess his own religion. 

"She has the right to exercise her power without the per- 
mission or consent of the State. 

"She has the right to prevent the foundation of any National 
Church not subject to the authority of the Roman PontilT. 

"She has the right to deprive the civil authority of the entire 
government of public schools. 

"She has the right of perpetuating the union of Church and 
State. 

"She has the right to require that the Catholic religion shall 
be the only religion of the State to the exclusion of all others. 

"She has the right to prevent the State from granting the 
public exercise of their own worship to persons immigrating 
into it. 

"She has the power of I'equiring the State not to permit free 
expressions of opinion." 



ONE HUNDRED AND TWO REASONS WHY I LEFT 
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. 

By Ex-Priest J. Donnelly. 

1. Because Roman Catholic Moral Theology teaches that her 
members may equivocate, dissemble, perjure, steal and even mur- 
der, if it be for the good of the Church. 

2. Because she has corrupted the Holy Scriptures, denied 
them to her people for ages, and left out the second commandment 
of God entirely from the decalogue, that her image worship might 
not appear so culpable and blasphemous. 

3. Because the law of the Church teaches that if the Priest 
learns in the confession from his penitent that the latter is about 
to plot the burning of a city, the destruction of all the inhabitants 
thereof, he must say, if interrogated outside the confessional, 
that he knows nothing about it; and if in a court of justice, he 



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is to confirm his statement by an oath. 

4. Because her worship of any praying to saints is un- 
scriptural, unreasonable and absurd. For saints to hear the 
prayers of all Roman Catholics, it is necessary that they be in all 
places at the same time and be omniscient. He is able to see 
the motives of the heart and hear all supplications — God, the Al- 
mighty One. "For thou only knowest the hearts of the children 
of men." (II. Chron. 6:30.) 

5. Because of the monstrous and idolatrous doctrine of the 
mass, in which she teaches that the Priest consecrates the water 
into the fiesh and blood of Christ, and presents him to thousands 
of people, whole and entire, in thousands of places at the same 
time. This seems to me contrary to Scripture, reason and all 
experience. We have no instance of where Christ when on 
earth was ever in more than one place at a time. When teaching 
in the synagogue. He was not in the garden of Gethsemane. 
When in the temple, He was not walking with Mary and Joseph 
on the way from Jerusalem 

The Lord's Supper, of which the mass is a mockery, was not 
literal, but figurative of Christ's body. It was to be a com- 
memoration. For so often as ye eat this bread and drink this 
cup. ye do show the Lord's death till he come." (1 Cor. 11 :26.) 

6. Because she teaches that the sacrament of baptism re- 
generates, makes people Christians and heirs to heaven. She, 
therefore, contradicts the Bible, which declares that we are justi- 
fied by faith, and that faith and salvation are personal, and cannot 
be olitained by proxy. 

7. Because she teaches that the infant which dies without 
baptism shall never enter into the presence of God; and on the 
other hand that the highway robber, the blasphemer, gambler, 
drunkard, thief and murderer who may confess to a Priest, and do 
penance, will i)ossess the kingdom of heaven. Little children 
of whom Christ said. "Suffer them to come unto me. and forbid 
them not. for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Think of these 
going into outer darkness, while the bloodthirsty assassin goes to 



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the Holv of Holies to enjoy the paradise of God forever! 

8. Because confession to a priest is immoral, indecent and 
contrary to the Scriptures, which command us to go to God 
alone. 

9. Because auricular confession dwells on thoughts and uses 
language so obscene that if uttered outside in ordinary society 
both Priest and penitent would be arrested and prosecuted for 
using obscene language. 

10. Because the confessional box paves the way for an in- 
voluntary celibate and too often an intemperate man, to the moral 
ruin of his unsophisticated female penitent. 

11. Because of the command of the Apostle to "Confess your 
sins, one to another," is violated by the priests, who insist on their 
enslaved victims to confess to them, but they themselves never 
in turn kneel down and confess to the people. 

12. Because of her traditions and dogmas and bulls which 
contradict the word of God, and make it of no avail. There is 
no Scriptural authority for any of her sacraments as she teaches 
them. Especially is this true of the five bastard sacraments : 
Confirmation, Penance, Extreme Unction, Ordination and Matri- 
mony. 

13. Because of her perilous and wicked doctrine of "Inten- 
tion," which teaches it to be lawful to steal if you form the in- 
tention of making restitution. According to that "intention," 
\'ou mav take a neighbor's article, provided you have not the 
intention of stealing it. If afterwards you consume the property 
or lose it, the real owner can get nothing if you have not where- 
with to restore. In that case the law that obtains is, ''Necessitas 
lion habit legem." (That is, "Necessity has no law.") He must 
\A\i up with what he gets — nothing — on the principal of "What 
cannot be cured must be endured." But the thief rests at ease 
under the doctrine, in that he had not the "intention" of originally 
stealing the article, but just using it for a time for his own use. 

14. P>ecavue no Roman Catholic is ever siu'e of salvation, 
as he is not certain of the Priest having the rigiit intention when 
]);i])li/:ing \\\m. it" llie Priest had not the intention to do what 



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Rome does, the baptism is null and void, and consequently, all 
other sacraments are null. "If any one shall say that the in- 
tention of giving, at least what the Church does, is not required 
in ministers while they administer the sacraments, let him be ac- 
cursed." Council of Trent, Canon 10, De Sacramentis. 

15. Because a good and merciful God would not commit the 
salvation of souls to the intention or non-intention of an ecclesi- 
astical body of men, who, for unholy living and impure lives, 
are hardly equaled by any other class of notorious sinners. 

16. Because I found that nearly all the doctrines of Rome 
were unscriptural, and were never taught by Christ or His Apos- 
tles, or practiced by the early Christians. 

17. Because Rome teaches that to be saved it is necessary 
to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. And Christ and His 
Gospel teach that salvation is by direct personal faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; 
and that he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the 
wrath of God abideth on him." — (John 3 •.36.) 

18. Because the Church of Rome interprets most of the 
Scriptures in a literal, material sense, where Christ speaks in a 
figurative and spiritual sense. 

19. Because she impresses the people with a false idea of the 
word "Church." 

20. Because I saw and touched the instruments of the In- 
quisition, by which multitudes of honest Christians were put to 
a slow, heart-rending death for the crime of being suspected of 
heresy. When I saw the tortures of "walling up," the "burning 
pile," the "red-hot ovens," the "deadly pulley," the "iron virgin," 
the cold "water-pressure" on the brain. When I obtained suffi- 
cient evidence that Priests, Bishops and Monks who claimed to 
be the representatives of the meek and lowly Jesus, helped to 
apply the torch to the limbs of their fellow men, I shed tears, 
and prayed God to show me the way our from a system that 
strangled, burned and murdered. 

21. Because the confessional is blasphemy and a reproach 
to Jesus Christ, who invites the sinners to come for his mercy. 



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"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I. John 1 :9.) 

22. Because Priests violate the secrecy of the confessional 
in speaking to one another about the sins they hear in the confes- 
sion in such a way that the listeners know to whom they refer. 

23. Because intoxication is the rule, rather than the ex- 
ception, among all Priests. 

24. Because of her idols and images, which are not only 
venerated, but worshipped. The blessed Apostle says : "Flee 
from idols." (I. John 5:21.) 

25. Because she condemns marriage in Priests, Bishops and 
Monks, and thus conflicts with the word of God, which says : "A 
Bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife." (I. Tim. 3 :2.) 
And, "To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife." 
(I. Cor. 7:2.) 

26. Because of the Church's unscriptural doctrine of Ex- 
treme Unction, which teaches the departing soul to settle its 
thoughts on visible things, such as candles, oils, holy water, instead 
of looking to Jesus Christ, whose blood cleanseth from all sin." 
(I. John 1:7.) 

27. Because, no matter how holy Roman Catholics may live, 
and no matter how many good works they may perform, the 
Church gives them no assurance of heaven on their departure 
hence, but presents them with doubts, fears and the certainty of a 
burning purgatory, even for the just, before they can enter 
Heaven. With them there is no "This day thou shalt be with me 
in paradise." 

28. Because the Church teaches that sprinkling infants re- 
generates them, and makes them members of the Church, and 
children of God. 

29. Because in the early Christian Churches, those only were 
baptized who believed. "Then Peter said unto them, repent 
and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for 
the remission of sins. Then they that gladly received his word 
were baptized." Acts 2:38-41.) 

30. Because the Church receives into her membership the 
unconverted and baptizes them, where in the Church of Christ 



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in all ages those only were baptized who were previously con- 
verted. Even the Apostle Paul was first converted and then 
baptized, "And he received his sight forthwith, and arose and was 
baptized." (Acts 9:18.) 

31. Because wooden instruments called crosses, also images 
of the virgin and saints, are retained, venerated and worshipped. 

32. Because the second commandment forbids the making 
of any "graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in the 
heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the 
water beneath the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to 
them, nor serve them, for I am the Lord thy God." (Exodus 
20:35.) 

33. Because the Church admonishes the people to have re- 
course to the intercession of the saints, and to venerate their 
relics; and because the sacred Scriptures say: "There is one 
God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ 
Jesus." (I. Tim. 2:5.) "I am the way, the truth and the life. 
No man cometh uto the Father but by me." (John 14 :6.) 

34. Because I believe that purity is a holier state than celi- 
bacy ; but the Church insists on celibacy for Priests, Deacons and 
Bishops. 

35. Because enforced celibacy is radically wrong, and is con- 
trary to the Word of God. "A Bishop must be blameless, the 
husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to 
hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine." (I. Tim. 3:2, 3.) 

36. Because in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper the 
Church teaches that the flesh and blood of Christ is present in 
a material, carnal sense, and the Scripture says : "It is the spirit 
that quickeneth, the flesh that profiteth nothing; the words that 
I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63.) 

37. Because the Church demands the people to go to the 
Priest in the confessional to obtain pardon of sins, and the Lord 
Jesus Christ invites sinners to come to Him for forgiveness. 
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." (Matthew 11 :28.) 



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38. Because the Church makes the Pope its head on earth, 
whereas there is no head other than Christ Jesus. "For the hus- 
band is head of the wife as Christ is head of the Church." 
(Ephesians 4:23.) 

39. Because the mass is a fraud, imposed on the impHcit 
confidence of a credulous people, under the pretense that it is the 
same as Christ's sacrifice on the Cross, and that the Priest's mass 
liberates the souls of the dead from an imaginary purgatory. 
The Word of God declares that Christ offered one sacrifice for 
sins forever and then sat down on the right hand of God. (Heb. 
10:11, 12.) 

40. Because the Romish Church makes the Virgin Mary the 
refuge of sinners, the "gate of heaven," the "comfort of the 
afflicted," the "morning star," the "health of the weak," and the 
"help of Christians." 

41. Because the Church's aim is to keep the people in in- 
tellectual, moral and physical slavery, and make them "hewers of 
wood and carriers of water" the world over. 

42. Because an orthodox Roman Catholic owes allegiance 
to the ecclesiastical government of the Pope of Rome, who teaches 
his superiority over and above all secular powers ; and, therefore, 
cannot be a legal citizen to any civil government. 

43. Because a large number of the Popes have been the 
most immoral wretches who ever appeared in human form. 

44. Because all the Popes interfere with politics and have 
been the greatest curses of the Nations on Earth. 

45. Because the papacy teaches dogmas and human canons 
that contradict the teaching of Christ, and has persecuted unto 
death for conscience's sake. 

46. Because Rome denies Jesus Christ to be our Advocate, 
our Redeemer and our Saviour, by exalting Mary to be "our 
most loving advocate," and "the protectress of all sinners." 

47. Because the Church has persecuted the Bible, discouraged 
its reading and study among the people, and recommends instead 
thereof the Priest's prayer book and Bishop's catechism. 

48. Because the Church has failed to bring the unconverted 



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to a holv life. Her meml)ers live and die unhappy in mind and 
conscience, always looking for some help they never find. 

49. Because I have learned from long and careful experience 
that Priests and Bishops do not preach for the interest of Christ 
and His kingdom, hut for Rome and the almighty dollar. 

50. Because the apostles and disciples of Christ never dressed 
in roval vestments — never said mass in Latin or in any other 
language — never permitted man, woman or child to hend the 
knee to them in confession — never heard confession at all ; never 
despised marriage in Priests or Bishops, but blessed it and re- 
commended it as "honorable in all." They never used wine, holy 
water, candles, wafers, incense, "agnus dei," scapulars, medals, 
relics or pocket gods of any kind. 

51. Because the mass ofifers an opportunity to a large ma- 
jority of priests to mock and blaspheme the Lord Jesus by cele- 
brating it in a drunken state. 

52. Because the Church changes her doctrines so often that 
Catholics themselves for the most part do not know what their 
Church really believes or teaches. 

53. Because the Romish teaching is nowhere established by 
the Bible. 

54. Because I feel more secure to live by faith and the Word 
of God than by traditions and the alleged infallibility of men. 

55. Because indulgences are held out by the Church and 
are indirectly and directly procured by paying out of the pocket 
hard cash. 

56. Because purgatory seems to me to be established not 
for the purpose so much of drawing souls form the fiery pit, as 
for drawing the money from the pockets of a credulous people. 

57. Because I firmly believe that it is of pagan origin, and 
devilish in the extreme for men to adore the host. 

58. Because 1 believe that Priests and Bishops, instead of 
being vicars and ambassadors of the Holy One, are but microbes 
and human parasites, the farther from which we betake ourselve.s 



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the happier. hoHer and more successful in this Ufe and the Hfe 
to come we shall be. 

59. Because I found more wicked men and seducers among 
the Roman Catholic clergy than among any other class of men of 
equal numbers. 

60. Because, according to the Scriptural idea, the Roman 
Church is no Christian Church at all. All who believe in the 
Lord Jesus Christ are of the Christian Church, wherever found, 
and to them, and not a hierarchial body of men, is the com- 
mission given to preach and teach and to forgive trespasses 
against each other. To them is the promise made, and not to 
a Priest or Pope, that the Ploly Spirit will abide with them all 
their days to comfort, to teach and to guide to the consummation 
of the world. 

61. Because I am satisfied from history, and especially from 
my knowledge of the Bible, that neither Saints Peter, Paul, John, 
James, Thomas, or any other followers of Christ did what the 
Priei:ts, Bishops and Pope of Rome do now. 

62. Because long experience has taught me that the Church 
gives the people no equivalent for the immense sums of money 
she extorts from them. 

63. Because the Church forbids a man to use his own reason, 
or be guided by the testimony of his own senses. 

64. Because I prefer to be saved by the free grace of the 
Lord and Savior, promise to all who will, than to risk my sal- 
vation, by proxy and purchase grace of men who have none to 
spare, even for themselves. 

65. Because I will never give up a certainty for an uncer- 
tainty. 

66. Because I want to use my own brains that God has 
given me to beget knowledge to prove all things, "and hold fast to 
that which is good." , . 

67. Becaus,e I prefer to be condemned by the Priest for re- 
jecting his expensive salvation, than to be condemned on the last 
(Vdv ])}' the Judge of all the earth for rejecting free salvation pur- 
chased by the precious blood of Christ. 

68. Because I prefer to read the Scrijjtures and judge for 
myself 1)\' the aid of the ilol\- Spirit, though 1 be called a "heretic," 
a "turn-coat" and "l)lack sheep," than to receive the milk of the 



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Word from men who don't know it, and be called "a good, holy 
Roman Catholic." 

70. Because I find in every land in which I traveled, that, 
for the most part, good Roman Catholics make bad Christians, 
and wicked Christians make good Roman Catholics. Of course, 
true Christians, converted men, cannot become Roman Catholics. 

71. Because I believe the Pope, who refuses to be instructed 
in faith and morals, in that he knows it all, is anti-Christian, and 
the son of perdition. 

72. Because I could not believe that the public schools, for 
the best interests of any Nation, ought to be under the control 
of the Church. 

7Z. Because I could not be a true American citizen and take 
sides with a system that is a disgrace to the fundamental institu- 
tions of our country. 

74. Because I do not believe that "education outside the 
Roman Catholic Church is a damnable heresy." 

75. Because I cannot believe that Saints Patrick, Joseph, 
Peter, Bridget, or any of them, can be in different places at the 
same time to hear prayers, and, therefore, that they cannot help 
us in any way. 

76. Because the Church has always opposed the liberty of 
the press, the liberty of speech, and even the liberty of thought. 

77. Because I consider it blasphemy to call the Pope "King 
of Kings and Lord of Lords." 

78. Because the Church that, has used the chain, the thumb- 
screw, the virgin crib, the fagot to make people give up their 
religious convictions, cannot be the Church of Christ. 

79. Because I believe that no Church has a right to make 
slaves of those who desire to worship God according to their 
own conscience. • 

80. Because I believe that civil laws are binding on the con- 
science of every subject of the Nation, whether these laws be 
comfortable to the teachings of Rome or not. 

81. Because 1 cannot persuade myself to believe that the 
laws o\ the land are null and void, in that they do not agree with 



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the laws of the Roman Catholic Church. 

82. Because, I believe that no Church has power to absolve 
its members from oaths and their allegiance to the civil govern- 
ment. 

83. Because the Church teaches that she has the power to 
alter all civil laws that are opposed to equity. 

84. Because the Church warns the people through the con- 
fessional to have no intercourse whatever with those who once 
belonged to her faith. 

86. Because the Church loves authority better than truth ; 
and form more than spirit. 

87. Because through all history she has proven herself the 
mother of ignorance, intolerance and superstition. 

88. Because she has added to and taken from the Word of 
God. 

89. Because her teachings are calculated to encourage sin 
and induce to unholy living. 

90. Because I never knew the Church to cut off a member 
for violating any of the ten commandments, but knew of her 
persecuting unto death those who persisted in worshipping God 
according to dictates of conscience. 

91. Because I have been ashamed of Church history and the 
very immoral lives of a large number of the Popes of Rome. 

92. Because I saw more light in the common people of the 
Protestant Churches than I have seen in the clergy of the Roman 
Catholic Church. 

93. Because 1 have found in the Church as much^ — if not 
more — drunkenness, violence, deception, blasphemy, desecration 
of the Sabbath, and all manner of uncleanliness, than I ever found 
in any equal number of people in the world. 

94. Because I have found that forbidding to marry, to eat 
meat on Fridays, to abstain from honest industry on certain 
Church days — to discipline the holy with whips to make it obey 
the soul. etc.. are pagan inventions and should be extirminated 
from civilized beings. 

95. Because that 1 find wearing vestments, saying mass, 
blessing beads and water, bearing incense and candles, praying to 



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saints and angels are also of pagan origin, the same being prac- 
ticed until this day by Indians, Chinese and aboriginal savages. 

96. Because there is no Pope in the Bible. 

97. Because the Pope's doctrine and Saint Peter's don't agree. 

98. Because the Church teaches that no man has a right to 
choose his religion. 

99. Because nearly all of the Roman doctrines are estab- 
lished by men, and of recent day, as anyone may see from history. 

100. Because I find the Church to be a political organiza- 
tion, instead of an assembly embracing the people of God. 

101. Because it is a secret society full of peril to the Nation. 

102. Because the Roman Catholic Church is today what she 
always was — the intolerant blood-thirsty tiger. On her own 
testimony she cannot change — "et semper eadem." That is : "She 
is always the same." 

We take this extract from a sermon preached in St. Louis, 
Mo., June 30, 1913, by Priest D. S. Phelan, editor of the well 
known Romanist Church paper, The Western Watchman, of that 
city. Father Phelan said : 

"And why is it that the Church is strong; why is it every- 
body is afraid of the Catholic Church? And the American 
people are more afraid of her than any people of the world. Why 
are they afraid of the Catholic Church? They know what the 
Catholic Church means. It means all the Catholics of the world ; 
not of one country, or two countries, but all the countries of the 
world. 

"And it means more than that; it means that the Catholics 
of the world love the Church more than anything else, that the 
CATHOLICS OF THE WORLD LOVE THE CHURCH 
MORE THAN THEY DO THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS, 
MORE THAN THEY DO THEIR OWN NATION, more than 
they do their own people, more than they do their own fortunes, 
more than they do their own selves. 

"We of the Catholic Church are ready to go to the death for 
the Church. Under God she is the supreme object of our wor- 



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ship. Tell us that we think more of the Church than we do of 
the United States; of course we do. Tell us we are Catholics 
first and Americans or Englishmen afterwards ; of course we are. 
Tell us in the conflict between the Church and the civil govern- 
ment we take the side of the Church; of course we do. Why, 
if the government of the United States were at war with the 
Church, we would say tomorrow, TO HELL WITH THE 
GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES; and if the 
Church and all the governments of the world were at war, we 
would say, TO HELL WITH ALL THE GOVERNMENTS 
OF THE WORLD. 

"They say we are Catholics first and Americans decidedly 
afterwards. There is no doubt about it. We are Catholics 
first, and we love the Church more than we love any and all the 
governments of the world. 

"Let the governments of the world steer clear of the Catholic 
Church ; let the emperors, let the kings and the presidents not 
come into conflict with the head of the Catholic Church. Because 
the Catholic Church is everything to all the Catholics of the 
world ; they renounce all nationalities where there is a question of 
loyalty to her. And why is it that hope is so strong? Why is it 
that in this country, where we have only seven per cent of the 
population, the Catholic Church is so much feared? She is 
loved by all her children and feared by everybody. 

"Why is it the Pope is such a tremendous power? Why the 
Pope is the ruler of the world. All the emperors, all the kings, 
all the princes, all the presidents of the world today are as these 
altar boys of mine. The Pope is the ruler of the world. Why? 
Because he is the ruler of the Catholics of the world — the Catho- 
lics of all the world; and the Catholics of all the world would die 
for the rights of the Pope. He is the head of the Church, and 
they would die for the Church. And the Church is the Church 
of Jesus Christ, and they need not have any misgivings on that 
score; they need be no misconception there — the Catholics of 
the world are Catholics first and always ; they are Americans, they 
are Germans, they are French or they are English afterwards." 



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