W. John Shepherd, associate archivist, was quoted in a Catholic News Story article that was reposted by The Tablet on World War I and Catholics. It was originally published in 2014.
... “There was a lot of anti-Catholic feeling in the country before the war, based on the large amount of Catholic immigrants coming into the country,” said W. John Shepherd, an associate archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
“I think the war was very important to Catholics to show themselves and the rest of the country – anybody who’s paying attention – that they could be devout Catholics and loyal patriots,” Shepherd said. ...
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