"Leadership of the Bishops," July 1, 1925


The important role played by the National Catholic Welfare Conference in overturning the Oregon Compulsory School Law is well documented. In this article several bishops and lawyers associated with the NCWC are mentioned. In addition, the author extends the thanks of all Catholics to the American Bishops for their support.




  • What do you think are the "true American principles" that the Bishops defended by supporting opposition to the Oregon School Law?
  • Explain why the involvement of the National Catholic Welfare Conference was presented as essential to the overturning of the Oregon School Law.
  • What was the result of the case in Federal Court? Describe how you think the impact of this case might have been different if it had not been appealed to the Supreme Court.