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In a resounding display of unity and determination, Limerick has taken a prominent role in the nationwide campaign against immoral literature. The movement, gaining momentum across Ireland, is set to culminate in a significant demonstration at the Mansion House in Dublin on Monday, July 1st, at 8 p.m. The Dublin Vigilance Committee is orchestrating this pivotal event with the gracious permission of the Right Honourable Lord Mayor.

The fervour for this cause has not only swept through Limerick but has found resonance in cities and towns across Ireland. Dublin, Cork, and numerous other locations have joined the cause, underlining the widespread concern about the proliferation of indecent publications. The campaign aims to combat the vile influence of such literature, which has infiltrated homes and minds, threatening the moral fabric of a traditionally clean-minded society.

The movement has received blessings and support from influential figures, including His Eminence Cardinal Logue, the Grace Archbishop of Dublin, and every Archbishop and Bishop in Ireland. Even His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has actively participated in the campaign, emphasizing the gravity of the situation. The Lord Mayor of Dublin has further demonstrated commitment by promptly offering the prestigious Mansion House for the upcoming gathering.

The surge in indecent publications and the explicit details of immoral conduct have reached alarming proportions, suggesting an organized attempt to undermine the morality of the people. This unsettling trend is not confined to Ireland alone, as England has also mobilized against it. A representative committee from England has met with the Home Secretary, urging the introduction of legislation to address this pressing issue. The Home Secretary expressed sympathy, acknowledging the need to protect the vulnerable to the demoralizing impact of such publications.

During the recent Lenten Missions, Dublin’s pulpits resounded with denunciations of this evil, showcasing a united front from both clergy and laity. The collabouration between these two pillars of the community is a testament to the gravity of the situation and the shared commitment to eradicating this insidious trade.

The sentiment is echoed by the Minister, who recognizes the responsibility of the state to shield children from the perils of immoral literature. He rejects the notion that the claim for individual rights should become a shield for those who seek to demoralize the young and helpless. The Minister emphasizes the duty of the state to intervene when individual liberties are used for the degradation of society.

The movement’s significance has not gone unnoticed by the Catholic Church. The Archbishop, in his recent Lenten Regulations, not only denounces the trade in immoral publications but also proposes a simple yet effective remedy. He urges Catholic people to refrain from contributing financially to any establishment known to sell demoralizing publications. This, he believes, would quickly render the trade unprofitable.

The forthcoming demonstration at the Mansion House is expected to be a turning point in the fight against immoral literature. The Central Committee, scheduled to meet on Wednesday, the 10th of July, will finalize the necessary details for the event. The resolute stand against this pervasive issue reflects the unwavering determination of every patriotic Irishman to safeguard the nation’s faith and morals.

Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 01 June 1912

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