1921 slaying of Catholic priest gets renewed interest

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The 1921 murder of the Rev. James E. Coyle on the front porch of his rectory was no ordinary slaying. Involved were the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan, a future Supreme Court justice and a preacher’s daughter who secretly married a Puerto Rican. In her book “Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, […]

  • Michael Skaggs

    I couldn’t believe it when I read those last two paragraphs. Any change had to do with race, not the Catholic faith, which Hugo Black hated all of his life. One of Black’s children said after Black’s death, “The only thing he really had in comment with the Klan was their hatred of Catholics.” Black was a lifetime member of the Klan. The chapter he was a member of by the way was called “Robert E. Lee Klanvern No. 1”. It was named in spite of the fact Robert E. Lee was one of the first southern leaders to denounce the Klan. Sincerely, Michael Skaggs, Life Member, Catholic League. michael.skaggs@murraystate.edu