Soon-To-Be Catholic Saint Advocated Ditching Child Labor Laws: Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on 'False Compassion'
By Martin Hill
[Originally published October 26, 2015.]


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[ notes: Although Bishop Sheen's TV shows occurred long before my time, I was raised listening to Bishop Sheen's brilliant work through his many VHS, and cassette tapes collections, and books that my dad shared with me. Bishop Sheen and his teachings had a big influence on me. Although I attended parochial school in the 70's and 80's, while it was a good education, we did not learn stuff like what Bishop Sheen taught.

Not coincidentally, my dad also introduced me to the work of Congressman Ron Paul. He received Paul's newsletters when I was a kid, long before Paul ran for president. So when Ron threw his hat in the ring in 2007, my dad and I attended the very first 'Ron Paul meetup' in Pasadena, CA in 2007 - a meeting which the New York Times reported on at the time. If you like Bishop Sheen you may also like my Fr. Charles E. Coughlin Archives and the Catholicism Archives. Fr. Coughlin, I was surprised to learn as an adult, was someone whom my Italian grandfather was a big fan of. My grandpa, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Naples Italy, had listened to Fr. Coughlin's radio programs every week. I hope you enjoy this talk from Bishop Sheen on 'False Compassion.'

In 2012, The Vatican announced "Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, allowing him to be styled as Venerable. This is the second major step in the process of his cause for canonization."

In June 2016, the Catholic Archdiocese of Peoria, Illinois stated "With the progress that the cause has already made, a beatification could be celebrated shortly after the arrival of the remains in Peoria and with the approval of Pope Francis."

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In this classic talk from Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the bishop gives a riveting and entertaining talk about what ills society.

He notes the disturbing trend in which society seems to have become more compassionate to the muggers than the mugged, to the rapists than to the rape victim, to the murderer than to the murdered.

Sheen correctly predicts that "there is latent in our society a grave danger that we may go in for a kind of masochism and cruelty."

Towards the end of the clip Sheen addresses what to do with wayward youth and to set them back on the right track.

"What's to be done to stop this false compasssion?"

Sheen suggests "conservation corps for hardened youth; put them under a tough Marine Sergeant, where they'll be paid for learning a craft."

"After they've been reformed through discipline and education," they can be productive.

He then gives examples of success stories and notes that "they were given a mission, a job, something to do!"

Sheen then targets child labor laws, and derides society's apparent obsession with getting a college education:

"We ought to perhaps reform our child labor laws.

"Young people are not allowed to work on account of the law!?

"They're old enough to work, they're old enough to commit crimes!

"They do not want to go to school. We assume in the United States that everybody must go to school... So that college today, instead of being an intellectual privilege it's becoming a sort of social neccesity. 'You have to go.'

"Some of them are not made for books!

"Let them learn crafts.

"When for example there was a newspaper strike in one city, a number of boys who were delinquents began selling newspapers. There was a delivery strike and they sold newspapers.

"Crime dropped.

"The time of the blackout in New York some time ago, the youth went out and directed traffic.

"Proved themselves worthwhile while they had a job and a mission, and this is what we have to do to recognize responsibility

"Give them a mission, a scope, a plan in life.

"Restore into our society true compassion! Where we make a distinction between the sin and the sinner, as did the good Lord.

"Where we will hate the sin, condemn it, and love the sinner. And with this compassion we can hear once again, 'do this and you will live.'"

The Tenth Plank of the Communist Manifesto reads: "Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. (Gradual shift from private education to publicly funded began in the Northern States, early 1800's. 1887: federal money (unconstitutionally) began funding specialized education. Smith-Lever Act of 1914, vocational education; Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 and other relief acts of the 1930's. Federal school lunch program of 1935; National School Lunch Act of 1946. National Defense Education Act of 1958, a reaction to Russia's Sputnik satellite demonstration, provided grants to education's specialties. Federal school aid law passed, 1965, greatly enlarged federal role in education, "head-start" programs, textbooks, library books. notes: "In the United States it took many years to outlaw child labor. By 1899, 28 states had passed laws regulating child labor. Many efforts were made to pass a national child labor law. The U.S. Congress passed two laws, in 1918 and 1922, but the Supreme Court declared both unconstitutional. In 1924, Congress proposed a constitutional amendment prohibiting child labor, but the states did not ratify it. Then, in 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act. It fixed minimum ages of 16 for work during school hours, 14 for certain jobs after school, and 18 for dangerous work. Today all the states and the U.S. government have laws regulating child labor. These laws have cured the worst evils of children working in factories.

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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 TV Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise,,,,, Economic Policy Journal,, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, TMZ, Veterans Today, Jonathan Turley blog, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, National Motorists Association,,, WorldNetDaily,,,,, Dr. Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad radio show,, Pasadena Weekly,, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI AM 640,, Redlands Daily Facts,, BlackBoxVoting, The Michael Badnarik Show, The Wayne Madsen Report,,,,, The Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze,,, Whittier Daily News, KCLA FM Hollywood, The Fullerton Observer,, From The Trenches World Report, and many others. Archives can be found at and DontWakeMeUp.Org.

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