Dougherty’s Movie Boycott

Cardinal Dougherty, “Letter to Priests of the Archdiocese,” On May 23, 1934, Cardinal Dougherty called on all Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to boycott motion picture theaters.[1] By doing so, Dougherty declared it sinful for any of the area’s 800,000 Catholics to enter a movie theater. In his

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