From the Supplement to Six Months in a Convent.
"It is but a little more than forty years since the first Roman Catholic Sees
was created by the Pope in the United States. There are now in the United States
12 Roman Catholics Sees, (including an arch-diocese at Baltimore,) comprising
all the states and territories in their "jurisdiction." There is a
Catholic population of 600,000 souls, under the government of the Pope of Rome,
an Archbishop of Baltimore, twelve Bishops, and three hundred and forty-one
The number of churches is 401, viz.
The number of mass houses is about 300; catholic colleges 10; seminaries for
young men 9; theological seminaries 5; noviciates for Jesuits 2; monasteries
and convents with academies attached for young ladies 31; seminaries, &c.
for young ladies, 30; schools of sisters of charity 29; academy for colored
girls at Baltimore 1; female Indian school, Michigan, 1. Total number of Catholic
institutions for the education of Protestants and Catholics 118; Catholic newspapers
7.- These statistics are drawn from Roman Catholic publications.
In view of this extraordinary progress of a foreign ecclesiastical power in
the United States, need we wonder that the Vicar General, the Rt. Rev. Frederic
Reze, D. D. of Detroit, himself a foreigner, a subject of Rome, and an agent
of Austria, should write thus to a friend abroad in reference to the spread
of the Catholic religion in this Republic?
"We shall see the truth triumph, the temple of idols overthrown, the seat
of falsehood brought to silence, and all the United States embraced in the same
unity of that Catholic Church, wherein dwells the truth and temporal happiness."
Another Catholic in the middle states has said in a letter, "Within thirty
years the Protestant heresy in the United States will come to an end! If we
can secure the West and South, we will take care of New England."
In a recent publication abroad, entitled 'Letters from Rome,' under the head
of Italy, it is said, "The accounts from the New World are cheering. In
the United States of America the Catholic religion is making great progress,
and the Roman Propaganda is amply rewarded for its exertions, Several new Sees
are to be established."