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Father Coughlin (Charles Edward Coughlin), Known Throughout 1930s America As "The Radio Priest", Whose Controversial Weekly Sunday Broadcasts Reached Some 30 Million Listeners, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! Contains THE RADIO PRIEST (Color, 1987, 53 Minutes.) And THE AMERICAN DOCUMENTS: JUST AROUND THE CORNER (Black And White, 1976, 45 Minutes.) #FatherCoughlin #CharlesCoughlin #TheRadioPriest #Demagogues #Populists #GreatDepression #RabbleRousers #Bigots #AmericanHistory #USHistory #HistoryOfThe US #FrCoughlin #Radio #RadioEvangelism #RadioEvangelists #RadioPriests #NationalUnionForSocialJustice #Fascism #Neofascism #Nationalism #Antisemitism #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Father Charles Coughlin, controversial Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and radio host (October 25, 1891 - October 27, 1979) was born Charles Edward Coughlin in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Coughlin's ministry was based in the United States near Detroit at Royal Oak, Michigan's National Shrine of the Little Flower church. Commonly known as Father Coughlin, he was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, as up to thirty million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s. He was forced off the air in 1939. Early in his radio career, Coughlin was a vocal supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal. By 1934 he had become a harsh critic of Roosevelt, accusing him of being too friendly to bankers. In 1934 he established a new political organization called the National Union for Social Justice. He issued a platform calling for monetary reforms, the nationalization of major industries and railroads, and protection of the rights of labor. The membership ran into the millions. After hinting at attacks on Jewish bankers, Coughlin began to use his radio program to issue antisemitic commentary. In the late 1930s he approvingly supported some of the fascist policies of Adolf Hitler and of Benito Mussolini, and of Emperor Hirohito of Japan. His chief topics were political and economic rather than religious, with his slogan being "Social Justice", initially in support of, and later opposing, the New Deal. Many American bishops as well as the Vatican wanted him silenced. After the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939, the Roosevelt administration finally forced the cancellation of his radio program. Coughlin reasoned that although the government had assumed the right to regulate any on-air broadcasts, the First Amendment still guaranteed and protected freedom of the written press. He could still print his editorials without censorship in his own newspaper, Social Justice. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the US declaration of war in December 1941, the anti-interventionist movements (such as the America First Committee) rapidly lost support, and isolationists like Coughlin acquired the reputation of sympathy with the enemy. The Roosevelt Administration stepped in again. On April 14, 1942, U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle wrote a letter to the Postmaster General, Frank Walker, and suggested the possibility of revoking the second-class mailing privilege of Social Justice, which would make it impossible for Coughlin to deliver the papers to his readers. Biddle was also exploring the possibility of bringing an indictment against Coughlin for sedition as a possible "last resort". Biddles relayed a message to Bishop Mooney, Coughlin's immediate superior in the Roman Catholic church, that the government was willing to "deal with Coughlin in a restrained manner if he [Mooney] would order Coughlin to cease his public activities". Consequently, on May 1, Bishop Mooney ordered Coughlin to stop his political activities and to confine himself to his duties as a parish priest, warning of potentially removing his priestly faculties if he refused. Coughlin complied and remained the pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower. The pending hearing before the Postmaster, which had been scheduled to take place four days later, was cancelled now that it was no longer necessary. Despite the end of his public career, Coughlin remained in his position as parish pastor until retiring in 1966. He died in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1979 at the age of 88. He was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.