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By-paths of History : interesting historical reading. Records of the American Catholic Historical So...
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By-paths of History : interesting historical reading. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XI. Pages 79-100.
Henry, H. T.
10 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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BY-PATHS OF HISTORY. INTERESTING HISTORICAL READING. In a recent conversation with a very eminent Catholic scholar, I uttered a regret which many others have doubtless felt, that there is no central Catholic bureau for bringing to the notice both of the Catholic reader and the non-Catholic publisher, the occasional wanton attacks made in books of “ general literature ” on the faith and practice of Catholicism. The uttered regret was pointed with a concrete illustration. “An eminent publishing firm,” I said, “has issued a little book on the history of Music, in which thirteen lines of text are given to a mention of St. Gregory's connection with the establishment of the chant that bears his name, while in a foot note thrice that amount of matter is given to an attack, savage and wholly unnecessary-even were it justified by his- tory-on the memory of a man whom the ages have concurred in styling ‘the Great.’ The Pope, it seems, burned the Pala- tine library, hated all human learning, and designed the Chant for an ignorant and superstitious people who should the more easily, through its ministrations, be led to bow down to the fetich of papal power.” This little summary of the foot-note made my listener indignant. “Write,” said he, “ to the pub- lishers, calling their attention to such a iiagrant instance of bigotry. They would be glad to know of it.” To this I was forced to reply that “ unfortunately, it is a trifle late for such action now. The book came under my notice when buying it, some ten years ago or so, and only after paying for it did I notice the objectionable feature. Like many another, I con- sidered it no more my business than that of many others, better qualified by experience and prominent position, to urge the common indignation of Catholics.’ ’ Generalia mm pmzgmzl-it is the concrete that tells; and so I shall place here before you, gentle reader, the extract in 79