Father Charles Coughlin Essay

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Father Charles Coughlin was a native of Canada who, in 1923 became an ordained Priest in Detroit. By 1926 Father Coughlin became the pastor of a church named The Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. He began to tinker with the radio waves and by the 1930’s he began broadcasting the Hour of Power which was focused mainly towards the children of the Catholic faith, teaching things such as catechism. He became known as the “Radio Priest” with over 30 million listeners. During the 1932 Presidential candidate race Father Coughlin used his radio time not only to preach the Catholic faith but began expressing his opinion on the politics of this country and made it known to his listeners that he supported Franklin D. Roosevelt, his beliefs and how this nation should also trust in FDR because his actions were those of God! (“The New Deal was Christ’s Deal”) Mr. Roosevelt gave Father Coughlin the impression that they were friends but, in all reality Roosevelt was using Father Coughlin and his radio broadcast for his own agenda, to win the election of 1932. Feeling betrayed after the election when Pres. Roosevelt wouldn’t have anything to do with him, his attitude changed and he began expressing strong feelings against the new President and the intentions he had for this country. Father Coughlin started being more vocal about his anti-New Deal and anti-Semitic views, discrimination toward the Jewish people and against the transformation of America’s economy after the Wall Street crash. Father Coughlin founded a magazine called the Social Justice, which attacked the Communism in this country and Wall Street but as time went by his views had changed to what some would call him, Pro-Nazi. The magazine was not able to be distributed through the mailing system and was banned in 1942 all-together for violating the Espionage Act. While this all took place Father Coughlin founded the National Union for Social Justice which was considered a worker’s rights