E. Doskey to John Ryan
This letter from a Jewish man in Brooklyn, NY praises Ryan for the "Safeguard" speech. The writer, E. Doskey, expresses his relief that a "high official" in the Catholic Church has finally spoken out in condemnation of Coughlin and in support of Roosevelt. He had been almost convinced, he said, that Coughlin's ravings had the approval of the Church, since none of the hierarchy had rebutted Coughlin and since he had the support of his bishop. Doskey also refers to Coughlin's growing antisemitism.
As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:
- How does Doskey characterize his relations with Catholics? How did Coughlin affect his views of Catholics?
- How do you think Ryan's speech affected Doskey's views of Catholics?