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We give the following extracts from an article published in the Catholic Sentinel- the Popish organ at Boston. The sentiments here deliberately uttered in relation to Bible and Temperance Societies, in promotion of the great objects of which most all sects are heartily engaged to the exclusion of minor differences, are worthy of notice. The effort of such grossly immoral articles upon an Irish Catholic population may be anticipated.

It is now right however to state, & as an act of justice towards them, we do it with pleasure, that the pernicious sentiments advanced in regard to Temperance, are not the views of all Catholics. One of them, since the appearance of the article, has come out in one of the Boston papers, and openly denounced it as vile and pernicious. But still however, we may regard it as expressing the views of their high Dignitaries in the Church. For it not, why have they not silenced the Editor, which Bishop Fenwick can do at any moment, if he pleases. By refusing or neglecting to do it, what are we to infer.

The Recorder.- The allusions which the "clerical traducer," who is the wretched spelling book scribe of that vile and vulgar journal, made to us on Saturday last, in relation to that base and hypocritical confederacy, the Bible and Temperance Societies, we unhesitatingly pronounce to have been prompted by the envy of an ignorant mind, and by the malice of a depraved heart. We fling back, therefore, the groundless imputation of the wretched and slandering dunce, whose poor, paltry, and pitiful style of diction, shews the low baseness of his anger and the wild desolation of his mind.

Never, while reason and opinion predominate in our mind, shall we retract the sentence of reprobation, which we felt called upon to pass, on the majority of the masked hypocrites who deal in corrupt Bibles, and those abominable temperance principles, not graduated on the rational scale of social morality. No member of that pestiferous association of assumed virtue, can have a more invincible abhorrence to the beastly vice of drunkenness than we; but we would smite a la Ham, the face of any fanatic fellow of the banditti who should have the daring insolence to tell us, that we committed a moral crime, by slaking our thirst with a moderate draught of ale or brandy.- Catholic Sentinel.

The Editor of the Boston Recorder, makes the following remarks upon the above article.

Here we have Mr. George Pepper's true character, set forth by himself, and published to the world,- an avowed brandy-drinker and street-brawler, ready to "smite" people in the streets, like Elias Ham, first constable of Salem, for the glorious privilege of drinking brandy without rebuke.

Look at this same Bishop Fenwick's religious Editor! Look at the man, who is employed by the Roman Catholic Priesthood of Boston, to plead their cause! Look at the moral influence, which Bishop Fenwick and his Priests, by their sanction of George Pepper and his Sentinel, are exerting upon the Catholic population! See them, through him, instilling into the minds of the "Catholic poor," hatred and contempt for Temperance Societies, and for "the doctrine of total abstinence from ardent liquors," and encouraging them to "smite," as he says he is ready to do, any one who calls brandy-drinking immoral! Mr. Pepper had been pouring out such sentiments for several weeks. Bishop Fenwick could have stopped him at any moment, but suffered him to go on. He acts just as he would act, if he had formed a deliberate plan to attach his people firmly to himself and his religion, by gratifying their love of rum.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Many types of social reform movements took shape in the first half of the 19th century. There were Protestant religious movements, which were anti-Catholic. The newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, frequently published articles that applauded the work of the various societies. This article denounces a piece that appeared in a Boston paper that called the Bible and Temperance Societies a base and hypocritical confederacy. The Gazette and Mercury called that paper a "Popish organ" and accuses the Bishop and his priests of instilling hatred and contempt for the Temperance societies into the minds of the Catholic poor. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.


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"Popery-Temperance" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald
date   Apr 7, 1835
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   3.25"
height   12.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.033

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