Editor’s Note: Father Coughlin was a monumental figure in the “America First” movement and U.S. anti-war movement of the 1930’s and 40’s. Father Coughlin rightly exposed the Jewish link between Communism in many of his radio broadcasts to his millions of listeners. He was big, and so was the movement to NOT go to war against Germany or Japan. Most people in the U.S. realized that Germany was a Christian nation, and many of their relatives and ancestors were from Germany. Not many people fell for the anti-Nazi lies, and only when FDR and his Jewish staff concocted the Pearl Harbor false flag, were Americans manipulated into fighting peaceful Germany. At the end of this brief article are several radio broadcasts where Father Coughlin states facts about the Jewish involvement in Communism, the Federal Reserve banking scam, and real reasons for why the U.S. should not have entered WWII. He also rightly states that the National Socialist movement in Germany was a REACTION to the brutality of Communism. It is amazing how large his radio audience was, but that is because people were a lot more “Jew-wise” than they are today, and of course we have the alleged Holocaust to thank for that.
Ultra-conservative,” “headstrong,” “vigilant,” these are all words used to described the famous Father Coughlin. Ironic at the time for a Roman-Catholic Priest, however, Father Coughlin was well-known for all the wrong reasons. An outspoken authority on subjects ranging from politics and economics to social family structures, Coughlin’s hubris and uninhibited voice were the brunt of ridicule in some circles, while the saving grace in others.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 25, 1891 to Irish-Catholic parents, Charles Edward Coughlin grew up under strict Catholic rule. He grew fond of the idea of priesthood as a teen, and was ultimately ordained to the title in Toronto in 1916. Father Coughlin taught for seven years at the Assumption College in Windsor, Ontario, and made his move to the States in 1923, by way of Detroit, Michigan.
It was in Detroit that Father Coughlin began his radio broadcasts on WJR in 1926, where he preached a weekly sermon. Until 1931, when the station was unexpectedly dropped, CBS had provided free sponsorship. Determined to keep his broadcasts alive, Father Coughlin raised the money himself, and reached out to millions of listeners.
During the 1932 Presidential election, Father Coughlin was a strong voice in favor of candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt, claiming that America’s fate was “Roosevelt or ruin.” After the Great Depression had left the country in shambles, Roosevelt’s “New Deal” – a plan to pump much-needed blood throughout the country’s dry veins – was also heavily endorsed by Father Coughlin. He (Coughlin) is even quoted as saying about the plan, “The New Deal is Christ’s Deal,” and “God is directing President Roosevelt.”
The following years would see a change in demeanor from Father Coughlin, as he began to find disdain with Roosevelt’s plans, claiming that the capitalist intentions of the President were damaging to the nation. Coughlin founded the National Union for Social Justice, a worker’s rights organization, and stood vehemently opposite of Roosevelt’s plans.
By 1934, Father Coughlin was known widely for being the primary Roman-Catholic voice on political and financial issues. Coughlin supported the unabashed Huey Long (New Orleans) until his assassination in 1935, and then joined forces with William Lemke in 1936. When Lemke failed to win the Presidential election in 1936, Coughlin briefly gave up broadcasting.
The years to come were perhaps the most damaging in the public’s eye. After the election in 1936, Father Coughlin became a sympathetic supporter of the fascist policies of Hitler and Mussolini. His CBS radio broadcasts were blatantly aimed at the Jewish community, citing that “international conspiracy of Jewish bankers” caused the Great Depression, and that Jewish bankers were behind the Russian Revolution.
Coughlin then published a newspaper, Social Justice, in which the anti-Semitic views became even more poignant and forthright. After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the ensuing declaration of war in December of 1941, Coughlin and other isolationists were views as sympathetic to the enemy.
In 1942, the Catholic community had enough of Father Coughlin’s outspoken views, and the new bishop of Detroit ordered Coughlin to cease and desist with any and all political activities and return to the duties of a parish priest. Coughlin immediately complied and remained the pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower until 1966, when he retired.
Until his death in 1979 at the age of 88, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Coughlin continued to write pamphlets denouncing Communism.
During his time in the public eye, Father Charles Coughlin became one of the most revered figures in the Depression era of American history. Known for delving into politics more frequently than religious matters, Father Coughlin was never shy about preaching his version of the truth to anyone, be they loyal listeners or otherwise.
His life was sometimes more a chaotic game of checkers rather than a calculating game of chess, as he found viewpoints and mind changes came easily. Still, Coughlin always managed to wholeheartedly follow and voice his beliefs, even if they were damaging to his career, professional or personal.
Father Coughlin’s radio show started in the 1920s and his career continued well into the 1960s, before a culmination of anti-Semitic and anti-capitalist views – topped off by sympathetic leanings towards the Nazi regime – ultimately warranted the man’s return to duty-bound obscurity.
Father Coughlin in Perspective Today
In today’s America, Father Coughlin would be considered somewhat of a paradox. Although many of his estimations – such as fiscal irresponsibility causing the Great Depression – have been deemed by history as accurate, his unwavering faith in God and the Catholic religion would work to make him a social pariah whom no one would take seriously when voicing political advice.
The bygone era in which Coughlin’s voice was heard the clearest seems thousands of years removed from modern society, yet remains so close you can almost hear the cries of war and hunger if you choose to listen carefully.
There will never be another Father Coughlin in America, or the entire world. His is a long-dead voice in a free country, rarely resurrected by those who wish to harness the power of his commitment and dedication.
Article source: http://www.fathercoughlin.org/
Archive.org downloadable recordings: https://archive.org/details/FC040740