The complete title of this work is as follows" JUDGED! WHAT 500 OF THE WORLD'S OUTSTANDING FIGURES — IN ALL FORMS OF LITERARY, HISTORICAL, INTELLECTUAL,
HUMANITARIAN, ARTISTIC AND POLITICAL ACTIVITY — HAVE SAID ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Quoted from the author's "Foreword:"
"Half a century ago a distinguished British visitor, Dr. Bodley, learning that the Roman Catholic population of America had grown from 100,000 to 10,000,000 in the course of the 19th century, predicted that it would reach the figure of 70,000,000 by the end of the 20th. Like so many of these literary gentlemen who give the public large and liberal views on the religious situation, he had overlooked a vital factor. The Catholic population had grown so rapidly in the last century because the country had received 45,000,000 immigrants between 1820 and 1900, and 20,000,000 of these were Catholics. The claim to have only 10,000,000 Catholics in 1900 really admitted a loss of 20,000,000 of these immigrants and their descendants; and the swollen stream of migration is now only a trickle."
"But while this anticipation of an immense further growth has not been realized — there are probably not more than 15,000,000 genuine believers today in perhaps 20,000,000 nominal members of the church — its power has increased to an extent that, in view of its scandalous laws and maxims, ought deeply to concern every live citizen. Taking advantage of the democratic system, which it fiercely opposed during the long ages when feudal monarchs hunted down democrats like rats, it has allied itself, as it always did, with powerful political majorities; and by the use of its now enormous wealth it has created a hard economic organization and secured an unscrupulous control of public education. It exercises an effective veto on the press, literature, education, the cinema, radio, libraries, and booksellers, and at the same time it uses half a dozen radio stations to bray "The Hour of Catholic Lies" into the ears of the nation, has many periodicals to dupe readers who are forbidden to read criticisms of what they say, and by hiring space and intimidating editors has a considerable influence on the general press."