ATLANTA (Oct. 20)
The Georgia Bulletin, official organ of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, today denounced "purveyors of hate" in the South who are distributing hate literature in the current election campaign and who "openly boast of being Catholic."
The publication said editorially that it was no surprise that some of the anti-Negro racists "are also anti-Jew," but that it was a matter of "disgust" that they boasted of their Catholicism. The Bulletin added that the fact that "a Catholic could promote anti-Semitism has always been a cause of shame for us."
Declaring that "Catholicism is full of Judaism," the publication said that Catholics must respect Jews as individuals and in their faith, and that "our acknowledgment of our adherence of our own beliefs does not give us license for bad faith in relation to others." "Catholics as well as other Christians, have a lot to atone for in relation to our apathy and lethargy concerning the Jews," the periodical declared. "We have done little to honor our birthright or our baptism in this regard."
The editorial continued that "only warped minds" could "hate so much," and added that all Catholics should "work together to eradicate any form of anti-Semitism in our hearts. Hate and prejudice have no place in political campaigns, be they local or national. Catholics, especially, should lead the way and give their fellow-citizens the perfect Christian example–love of neighbor," the editorial concluded.