There are serious problems for the Church today. That can make it easy to idealize the past. Didn’t things used to be better?
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.
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.
Do you see any elements from these cartoons in our world today? Join the conversation in the comments!
[See also: 22 Classic Drawings from the Baltimore Catechism]