16 Old-Time Anti-Catholic Political Cartoons to Put Things in Perspective

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There are serious problems for the Church today. That can make it easy to idealize the past. Didn’t things used to be better?

Not necessarily.

Below are 16 old anti-catholic political cartoons as a reminder of how people viewed the Church in the U.S. not that long ago.

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As you look through them, you’ll notice that a few things stand out:

1) The KKK

The Ku Klux Klan was apparently the brave defender of Protestant America against Catholicism in the early 20th century.

2) Catholics are apparently scheming

Bishops are often depicted as secretly scheming ways to take control of the U.S. government.

3) Catholics apparently hate the Bible

Several cartoons not only make a strong dichotomy between the Catholic faith and believing the Bible, they make it seem that the Church is actively against the Bible.

Here are the cartoons:

Look to the caption for any information we have about the publication and date of the cartoon. You can click on any image to view it full size.

Harper's Weekly, 1875 / Public Domain, Wikipedia
Harper’s Weekly, 1875 / Public Domain, Wikipedia
Pillar of Fire Church, 1928 / Public Domain, Wikipedia
Pillar of Fire Church, 1928 / Public Domain, Wikipedia
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via dzehnle.blogspot.com
via dzehnle.blogspot.com
via catholicleague.org
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via catholicleague.org
via catholicleague.org
via catholicleague.org
via catholicleague.org
1913 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
1913 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
1925 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
1925 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Pillar of Fire Church, 1925 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Pillar of Fire Church, 1925 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty, 1926 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Klansmen: Guardians of Liberty, 1926 / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
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Punch, 1850 / via corjesusacratissimum.org
Punch, 1850 / via corjesusacratissimum.org
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via lancemannion.typepad.com

Do you see any elements from these cartoons in our world today? Join the conversation in the comments!

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