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Catholic Right Ephemera collection, 1944-1994 (Bulk: 1955-1972)

Identifier: Mss 0106

Scope and Contents

This collection dates from 1955-1972 and contains booklets, pamphlets, and leaflets that document conservative Catholic ideology. Much of the collection comprises materials documenting a traditionalist backlash against the changes imposed by the Second Vatican Council, including a booklet titled “Thou Art Peter. . .A Pope in Chains,” which criticizes the new mass and alludes to a conspiracy by Bishops to discredit the Pope’s power. It also includes materials from the years before the Second Vatican Council, such as several issues of The Point, a newsletter edited by the conservative Catholic priest Father Leonard Edward Feeney that often expressed anti-Semitic sentiments. This collection will prove useful to researchers interested in the Catholic right, reactions to Vatican II, Jewish-Christian relations, and anti-Communism.


  • 1944-1994
  • Majority of material found in 1955-1972

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Biographical / Historical

The Catholic right represents extremely conservative, traditionalist Catholic ideology. These conservative elements became more vocal in response to The Second Vatican Council that took place from 11 October 1962 to 8 December 1965 in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. Vatican II represented a great change in the Catholic Church, and produced a number of documents, decrees, and declarations that addressed the renewal of the Church and its place in the modern world and in relation to other religions. In particular, the Catholic right opposed the changes to the Mass, and the church’s new approach to accepting Judaism and opposing anti-Semitism.


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This small collection of ephemera contains materials dating from 1955-1972. The collection comprises booklets, pamphlets, and leaflets that document conservative Catholic ideology. It includes material that is critical of the changes in the Catholic Church that resulted from the Second Vatican Council, and materials that reflect anti-Semitic and anti-Communist sentiment.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased by the Archives and Special Collections Center in 2017.

Certain items in the collection were the gift of Fr. Michael Barone to the Archives and Special Collections Center in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US