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Anti-jewish Placard Provokes Fight in Boston; Police Intervene

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Police here intervened yesterday to break up a scuffle which resulted from a placard message exhibited in Boston Common by followers of Rev Leonard Feeney charging desecration at Brandeis University. The placard read: “Catholics of Boston, stop the Jews from dishonoring and desecrating the Blessed Sacrament at Brandeis University.”

The scuffle occurred when some bystanders objected to the placard, carried by Rev. Feeney himself, and handbills which were being distributed by his followers, The handbills denounced a Brandeis University project to have Archbishop Richard J. Cushing, Roman Catholic prelate of this city, bless the new Catholic chapel at Brandeis. The University announced that Archbishop Cushing would celebrate the first mass and bless and dedicate the chapel tomorrow. Father Feeney was silenced by Archbishop Cushing three years ago for publicly supporting a charge that heresy was being taught at Boston College, a Jesuit institution.

Father Feeney contended that Boston College compromised official Church teaching when it suggested that salvation was possible outside the Roman Catholic Church. Later, Father Feeney was dismissed from the Jesuit order He has set up his own center–St. Benedict’s in Cambridge, Mass.,–where he and group of young followers have continued their activities. Many of the St. Benedict Center publications have been labeled anti-Semitic in the past.

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