ROYAL OAK, Mich (Apr. 4)
Father Charles E. Coughlin, known by millions of radio listeners in the years before the Second World War for his anti-Semitic, right-wing sermons and lectures, announced his retirement from public life this weekend, and his resignation as pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower.
The 73-year-old Roman Catholic clergyman began attracting nationwide attention in the early 1930’s. He once called President Franklin D. Roosevelt a “great liar and betrayer,” and said that a New York banking firm “under the control of Jews” had helped finance the Russian revolution. He voiced the same views in Social Justice, a publication he edited.