Catholicism and the American Mind

Catholicism and the American Mind

Catholicism and the American Mind

Catholicism and the American Mind

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"Lumpity--skumpka! Lumpity--skumpka!"--intoned in the childish treble of an admired playmate whose eight years imposed authority upon my six, and who marched up and down the back-yard holding an empty flower-pot before him in both hands at the level of his head.

"That's the way the Cat'lics do in their churches. I heard them my own self."

That was, I believe, my first introduction to the Roman Catholic religion. I have since learned that it was inadequate, not to say misleading. But it served me for several years, without substantial addition or correction, as a symbol for the weird ceremonial which that strange tribe called Catholics practiced in lieu of the sensible plain-English Scripture-readings and sermons, the impromptu prayers and the tuneful hymns which constituted the religious mores of my own group and therefore of all intelligent people. What it meant to me was that these fantastic imbeciles indulged in a . . .

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