In the recent dust up with a local Catholic girls school trying to host an interfaith outreach potluckk, a lot of moronity has been raised. Dan Hurley, a local historian amongs about a dozen other hats, posted a LTE in the local Fishwrap discussing the social position of Catholics in America in the mid 1800s.
A newspaper entitled the "Anti-Papist," published in Cincinnati in 1846-47 with contributions from Harriet Beecher Stowe and other prominent citizens, stated clearly, it opposed "the principles of Papacy as both anti-Christian and anti-Republican."
An easy entertaining way to get an idea of what was going on would be to watch "Gangs of New York". That crap wasn't just in New York. It was thriving in the midwest as well. source and source.
We quit celebrating Guy Fawkes/Pope Day (with the burning of the Pope in effigy) because George Washington needed every ale man he could muster for the Revolution and that meant the few Catholics who served, too. King George was frequently represented in league with the Pope, as Anti-Christ like figures around the time of the Revolution.
When I see the Catholic Church behave in the small minded way they did at MoM, I wonder if the anti-Papist movement didn't have merit.
Full letter here.