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FATHER COUGHLIN

Father Coughlin SmilesFather Coughlin, whose messages were deeply influenced by the words of Popes Leo and Pius, saw FDR and the New Deal in accord with the distribution of wealth and with social justice as outlined by Leo and Pius. Indeed, in 1932, Coughlin supported FDR in the presidential election, where Coughlin coined the phrase "Roosevelt or Ruin!" (Carpenter 43). Though historians largely disagree on the nature of the relationship between FDR and Coughlin, or indeed when exactly they met and what they discussed during these meetings, Coughlin's early support of FDR and the New Deal is undeniable. Coughlin himself stated in a radio message from mid-1933:

Today we are living in the hopes of a new deal. This hope is founded not only upon the promise of such but upon the actual presence of new men without whom the new deal would be impossible.

The people of this nation at present are filled with confidence and with determination.

The confidence is vested in our President, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The determination is founded so securely that only deeds and not words will suffice to satisfy the nation.

It is my opinion that our confidence has not been misplaced. It is also my observation that unless this economic liberty can be quickly achieved under our present system of government, there is no other prospect facing us than to alter that system if necessary in order to obtain justice and equity.
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