Priest: An Analysis of Anti-Catholic Literature in Antebellum America Marie Anne Pagliarini In the years between 1830 and 1860, anti-Catholicism in America became unprecedentedly virulent. But it helped to shape the popular image of the Catholic Church, through the Inquisition, as the historic enemy of true religion, the subverter of political liberty, and the natural enemy of anyone who loved freedom. [23], Erotic literature has often been a vehicle for anti-Catholic sentiments. I began to study the history of the Catholic Church and the Bible through the eyes of the of those who opposed the Church. [17], The Catholic church has been a target for satire and humour, from the time of the Reformation to the present day. Anti-Catholic stereotypes are a long-standing feature of Anglo-Saxon literature, popular fiction, and even pornography. Rosie O'Donnell has been accused of serial anti-Catholicism and labeled a bigot by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His greatest claim to fame was the creation of President Lincoln’s “Dark Cloud prophecy” that warns of the Vatican taking over America. Should the Vatican be dissolved? Blanshard viewed a growing Catholic population in America as inevitably leading to the establishment of Catholicism as the official religion, enforcement of Catholic morality in public school teaching, and the universal imposition of Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, and birth control—an argument that would become central to the pro-abortion movement. Yet, anti-Catholic literature also defined the limits of normative sexuality for the "True Man," an aspect most clearly revealed in critiques of priestly celibacy, where the dangers of violating the norm of marriage and paternity were painstakingly detailed.'" An article in an April 2004 issue of National Catholic Register maintains that "The Da Vinci Code claims that Catholicism is a big, bloody, woman-hating lie created out of pagan cloth by the manipulative Emperor of Rome". Many of these films were made in countries where the Catholic church is dominant, such as Italy and Spain. William’s Apologie was based largely on A Discovery and Plaine Declaration of Sundry Subtill Practices of the Holy Inquisition of Spain, published in 1567, translated into numerous languages, and still in print 200 years later. Attempting to pick the five most influential books in creating Catholic urban legends is both daunting and a matter of opinion. Catholicism is viewed with suspicion by significant sections of the British left. I read books and articles, and listened to people speak against the Catholic Church. He also notes that the term "pedophile priests," widely used in the media, implies a distinctly higher rate of child molesters within the Catholic priesthood when in reality the incidence is lower than in most other segments of society".[30]. [citation needed] Catholic clergy and lay organizations such as the Catholic League monitor for particularly offensive and derogatory incidences and voice their objections and protests.[18]. Hierarchy: Content of work (Gathering term; do not assign) The discussion period for this term is from July 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015. The book fanned the flames of a rising anti-Catholic nativism that would lead to the creation of the Know-Nothing Party in the mid-nineteenth century, the popular American Patriotic Association (which claimed that an imminent Catholic uprising would overthrow America and result in the slaughter of all Protestants) in the late nineteenth century, and to the rejuvenated Ku Klux Klan that remained a powerful political force until the middle of the twentieth century. Anti-Catholic stereotypes are a long-standing feature of English literature, popular fiction, and even pornography.