CATHOLICS AND PROHIBITION
WHAT GREAT CATHOLIC LEADERS SAY.
In other lands Catholics have been amongst the foremost workers for Pro-
hibition, and their influence has been
a vital factor in its accomplishment. Especially is this, the case in the Cana-
dian province of Quebec, which has carried Prohibition by a large majority, and where over 85 per cent of the voters are Catholics, had their influence and that of the hierearchy been against Prohibition, this great reform would not have been achieved. Prohibition was not carried in Quebec until the leaders of the Church Had watched its operations in other provinces which had gone dry in earlier years. The clergy were confident that ample supplies of Sacramental wines would be available. How convincing was the proof that Prohibition was a great success and achieved what was claimed for it is shown by the fact that thirteen out of the fifteen Catholic bishops in Quebec are Prohibitionists, while the venerable, and revered Cardinal Begin, of the Diocese of Quebec, was one of its most ardent supporters. Cardinal Merry Del Val, writing to the International Federation of the Catholic Anti-Saloon League on April 23rd, 1914, said:—
''The Popes in these latter days "have not failed to call attention "to the deadly evil you are com"bating, and have proclaimed the "necessity of prompt and effica"cious remedies. How useful it is "to show what a scourge alcoholism is in its economical, moral, "and physiological effects. . . ; . ' 'its connection with the deterioration of the family- with the de"terioration of society, whose most "important interests are menaced "by it. HENCE AMONG SOCIAL "WORKS THERE ARE NONE "MORE PRESSING THAN "THIS." Cardinal Manning said*:— ' "I impeach, the liquor traffic of 1 "high crimes and misdemeanours "against the Commonwealth. It. i *'is mere mockery to ask us to "put down drunkenness by moral "and religious means when the "Legislature facilitates and multi"plies inducements to intemper\"ance on every hand. Do you "know how you will help to break "up the unholy alliance between "the Government and the greatest "fraud of the age? Vote against "it!" CARDINAL MERCIER, the great Belgian Patriot, said:— "Catholics should work together "with all sections of the commun"ity against the drink pest."
Archbishop John Ireland:— "The saloon is the deadly enemy "of the health, of the home, of the "family, of the country, and of "God." And America demands and "it will demand in stronger tones "yet, that this American saloon "shall disappear from the face of "our fair land. We must work "and bend every effort so that "Catholics in political matters will "always be arrayed against the liq"uor interests." "Would God place in my hands a "wand with which to dispel the "evil of intemperance, I would "strike the door of every saloon, "of every distillery, of every brew"cry, until the - accursed traffic "should be wiped from the face of "the earth. . . We have seen "there is no hope of improving in "any way the liquor traffic; there "is nothing now to be done than "to wipe it out completely." Bishop McDonald, Catholic Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia: — "It seems plain that everyone who "has at lieart the well-being of his "country and of those who are in "any way dependent on him should "cast his vote and use his influr
"ence in favour of Prohibition." Bishop Cleary, Catholic Bishop of Auckland, with no personal interest in either the Liquor Trade or the Prohibition Party, says:— "(1) He is satisfied with the provision to be made for Altar wine; "(2) for Catholics, this question, as "stated, is a free one, to"be deter"mined, in its last resort, by the "individual conscience." BISHOP CLEARY DOES NOT ADVISE HIS PEOPLE AS TO HOW , THEY SHOULD VOTE ON APRIL 10th. He stands for the personal liberty of Catholic electors to vote as their consciences may dictate. The "Tablet." which is opposed to Prohibition, says in its issue of April :8' NOT BOUND IN "CONSCIENCE TO VOTE "AGAINST PROHIBITION." Catholics! The evils of the liquor traffic affect you just as they do all citizens. You have a supreme opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow-citizens, against a common moral evil. Your faith does not prevent you doing this. The provision for wine for the Mass is satisfactory. You are free to act according to your conscience. Let your vote be cast •as it was in Quebec and in many other places—for the welfare of the nation and the safety of the child. 4 239
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919
CATHOLICS AND PROHIBITION Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919
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