Page 3, 12th March 1937

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UNDER 18 American Churches Oppose National Control

From Our American Correspondent.

Great antagonism from the Churches of America has greeted the proposed ratification of the Federal Child Labour Amendment for the purpose of which the New York State Assembly met recently in Albany. The amendment proposes to establish national control over the activities of children under 18. At least two religious denominations have shown their hands against the amendment—the Catholic Church which has opposed it continuously during the twelve years that it has been pending, and the Methodist Episcopal Church.

It is considered that the amendment would, by the enormous powers for which it stands, exercise undue influence on the lives of persons under 18 years of age. Cardinal Hayes, the Archbishop of New York, was quoted as saying: " The surrender of their broad powers over the lives of children to a remote agency at Washington would contravene the principles of our form of government and seriously endanger the rights of parents. The need of a permanent change in the relations between states and the Federal Government on this matter has not been demonstrated."

The most active speaker against the amendment is Mgr. Edmund F. Gibbons, Bishop of Albany. While speaking at a meeting a week ago he was banded a telegram from the Rt. Rev. Warren A. Candler, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church of America, in which he assured him of his full support in opposing the measure.




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