And Here’s Your Diploma

Rev Mike

“Before the graduates of St. Joseph’s Training School for Nurses last evening, the Rev. Michael Clune declared emphatically that divorce and re-marriage is consecutive polygamy. The courts, he said, can separate the physical bodies of man and woman, but marriage is a sanctuary where courts cannot invade. Real marriage cannot be annulled any more than can the law of gravitation.

“Father Clune in his remarks congratulated the graduates. He said that they were to heal not only the diseases of the body but the fevers of the mind. They might appear humble in the glare of the footlights or in the divorce courts but in the sickroom they are ministering angels. Continuing, he said:

‘Divorce courts and Coroner’s juries are busy because people have not learned self-denial. Our brethren from the Episcopalians and the Unitarians are denouncing divorce. They do wisely. Either divorces or civilization must cease. They are incompatible. Our civilization is founded on the family. If family life perishes, our civilization perishes with it.

‘I do not believe that there is a religion in the world outside of Christianity and the Jewish, from which it sprang, that condemns polygamy. I know that the Buddhist does not, that the Mohammedan does not. They see no evil in polygamy. To admire them for their service to humanity would be like admiring our hospital physicians for wearing white linen to prevent infection while they let their patients drink water poisoned by cesspools.’

— “Protests Against All Re-Marriage,” The Syracuse Journal, November 25, 1904

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