Skip to comments.Catholics and Democrats in Chicago: Hanging on for Dear Life
Posted on 01/30/2014 9:35:37 AM PST by Alex Murphy
The Catholic Church in Chicago, with its base of working-class, European parishioners was overwhelmed by the events of the Civil Rights movement. The Church hierarchy decided to follow the Democrats who preached integration while going along with those parishioners who fled the city and in doing so, caused more racial segregation. The transformation of St. Rita high school and chapel in Chicago, and the destruction of the Englewood neighborhood, remain a classic examples of this duplicity.
Although the Democrats and Catholics who run Chicago, talked about civil rights and social justice, Chicago is still the most segregated city in the nation. This is the case, after more than 50 years of civil rights agitation.
Catholics in Chicago abandoned blacks while at the same time embracing the symbolism of civil rights. The data show that blacks are not converting to Catholicism in Chicago. Nor are Catholics sending missions to the black community in the city.
"About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community... just 3%, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic. Further, just 250 of America's 40,000 priests and only 16 of the 434 bishops in the United States are black."
Over the span of 50 years the Democratic Party and the archdiocese arrived at a mutual understanding. Each would protect and support the other. Each would deal with scandals and corruption by looking the other way. The sheepskin of civil rights hid the wolf of minority segregation.
As the Church became more insular, the Democrats became more liberal. The passage of same-sex marriage in Illinois demonstrated the price the Church paid for the marriage of convenience between Catholics and Democrats.
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"About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community... just 3%, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic. Further, just 250 of America's 40,000 priests and only 16 of the 434 bishops in the United States are black."Over the span of 50 years the Democratic Party and the archdiocese arrived at a mutual understanding. Each would protect and support the other. Each would deal with scandals and corruption by looking the other way. The sheepskin of civil rights hid the wolf of minority segregation.
The Catholic bishops had a “mutual understanding” with Hitler in Germany, too, until it was way, way too late.
The DemoRat party is a septic tank but some still try to draw up clean water from it. Insanity — but it is what it is.
It would mean that in the long run it was a good idea for people (both Democrats and Republicans) to abandon the cities and move to the suburbs.
Unfortunately it seems that this is not happening in places like Chicago, LA, NY, etc. No matter how many people abandon the city center, the city center still remains corrupting the entire area, increasing tax rates, crime, etc.
I'm beginning to think that at some point the "producers" are going to have to return to the cities to clean them up rather than continuing to avoid them hoping they will go away peacefully.
Say it ain't so!
He writes, “...the rise of the Democratic party as we know it was to a great extent concomitant with the first waves of Irish Catholic immigrants to Northern cities.”
The democrats wouldn’t be importing millions of Catholic voters if it didn’t help them.
Outside downtown Chicago and the far North Side and the far south side (Beverly Hills area) and perhaps the Polish neighborhoods, Chicago is a toilet bowl.
Historically, most blacks are Protestants, whose families were originally from the south. They really didn’t start to migrate up north much until the 1920s or so. And the south had VERY few Catholics down there to being with, much less those who owned slaves. Even when I moved to Virginia in the mid-60s, Catholics were only 4% of the population. One of the few places down south that DID have Catholics was Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular. Blacks are mostly Protestant, for that reason. The essentially got taught “Massah’s” religion, which was almost always Protestant of some sort. Mother KAtherine Drexel, who was the daughter of wealth from Philadelphia, had a specific mission for teaching to the Native American Indians and “Colored” children. See Xavier University, in Louisiana. Actually, if you look at the numbers, those 16 black bishops are ABOVE what you’d expect given the number of priests. So if you do happen to be a black priests, your odds of making bishop are much bigger - essentially a 5% chance, and there’s no way that holds up among white priests making that office. Also, to study and attain the priesthood requires a fairly rigorous mind. 4 years of college, plus 4 years of graduate theology. If you didn’t do a religious college aimed at the priesthood, add another year or so for formation. And those are diocesan priests. Other orders may have more stringent requirements. It used to be Jesuits took almost 14 years of study from age 18. So, frankly, work the bell curve in there too, because relatively fewer black men go to college than white men.
And do not forget that blacks in the South were Baptists and as anti-Catholic as white Southern Baptists. Add to that the racial bigotry of white Catholics. In New Orleans, I went to mass in 1954 at the Cathedral , and there was a mixed congregation, When I went to communion I walked directly to the Altar rail and knelt down. Then I realized I had knelt among several blacks, which explained the startled look on the priests place when he came to me.
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