Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

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Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby lasaxman » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:51 am

I was watching the Ken Burns documentary series on the Roosevelts and mention was made that Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York had accused Eleanor Roosevelt of being anti-Catholic. This was apparently because she opposed federal funding of Catholic schools. This was just very briefly mentioned, and I was wondering if anybody here had any further information on the subject.
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:55 am

David,

In July 1949, her ambivalent attitude toward American Catholics caused a high visibility fight with Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Catholic Archbishop of New York.[16] In her columns, Eleanor had attacked proposals for federal funding of certain (nonreligious) activities, such as bus transportation for students, at Catholic schools. Spellman pointed out that the Supreme Court had recently upheld such provisions, and accused her of anti-Catholicism. Most Democrats rallied behind Roosevelt, so Spellman came to Eleanor's Hyde Park home to bury the hatchet. However, Eleanor retained her belief that Catholic schools should not receive federal aid. She seems to have paid attention to the anti-Catholic polemics of people like Paul Blanshard.[17] Privately, she said that if Catholics got school aid, "Once that is done they control the schools, or at least a great part of them."[18]

Mrs. Roosevelt was never as popular among Catholics as her husband. While he kept the country neutral in the Spanish Civil War, she openly favored the republican Loyalists (who were anticlerical) against General Francisco Franco's Nationalists (whom many American Catholics favored); after 1945, she opposed normalizing relations with Spain.[19] She told Spellman bluntly that "I cannot however say that in European countries the control by the Roman Catholic Church of great areas of land has always led to happiness for the people of those countries." [20] Catholics resented her quiet support of Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement,[21] and her prewar sponsorship of the American Youth Congress, in which the Communists had been heavily represented, but Catholic youth groups were not represented. [22] In 1960 she actively opposed John F. Kennedy's quest for the presidential nomination in part because, biographer Lash has concluded, "Somewhere deep in her subconscious was an anti-Catholicism which was a part of her Protestant heritage." [23] Her son Elliott Roosevelt suggested that her "reservations about Catholicism" were rooted in her husband's sexual affairs with Lucy Mercer and Missy LeHand, who were both Catholics.[24]



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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby lasaxman » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:05 pm

James,

I am surprised that you, as a Socialist, would be quoting from a site called Conservapedia.com. :o
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby JeffStevens » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:16 pm

I'm a conservative. And conservapedia has less credibility than a random blog post.
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:41 pm

David,

Why not? Over the years I've quoted from a number of Conservative sources (eg the London Telegraph, Spectator, Catholic Herald). Sometimes I even agree with them.
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:41 pm

Jeff,

Yes, but it served to answer the particular question rather well.
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby Michael-D » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:44 pm

An interesting article. God and Mrs. Roosevelt by Mary Ann Glendon.
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Re: Eleanor Roosevelt anti-Catholic?

Postby JeffStevens » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:44 pm

seamas o dalaigh wrote:Jeff,

Yes, but it served to answer the particular question rather well.

Only because it was decently sourced, though I know nothing of the primary source used for the article.
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