Brooklyn College

  Father Charles Edward Coughlin (1891-1971)

In his speeches and writings, Father Coughlin preached the need to protect America from foreign radicals and ideologies and the way to lead a Christian life, which he intertwined. His message had a wide appeal at a time of social and economic collapse at home and widespread upheaval and aggressive dictatorships abroad.

National Union of Social Justice

Coughlin advocated a doctrine he called Christian social justice; its goal was living in peace and Christian virtue. The barrier to leading such lives was the accumulation of wealth by a few. This social injustice had begun in the fourteenth century when the developing forces of capitalism, secularism, and nationalism began to displace Christianity, communal ties, and the guild system; consequently, society rejected Christ’s teachings and returned to the non-Christian or pagan values he called “naturalism.” The unequal distribution of wealth and the rejection of the “supernatural” or Christianity as the basis of government and society led historically to the re-introduction of international war and currently to the rise of Communism and Naziism, both of which he called the Antichrist. Happiness in this world and salvation in the next lay in Christ ("Am I an Anti-Semite?", 8-9, 13-16).

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  September 29, 2007