So What Became of Father Coughlin’s Church?

The Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, Mich. was elevated by Pope Francis to the status of “minor basilica,” the Kansas City Star reported:

Father Charles Coughlin (Credit:


It was built with the proceeds of the radio ministry of Father Charles Coughlin, who broadcast from the sandstone tower, first in favor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policies and then against. Leading the way for future televangelists, the populist Coughlin had 30 million listeners and formed a workers’ movement called the National Union for Social Justice. Coughlin supported fellow demagogue Sen. Huey Long of Louisiana until he was assassinated.

Coughlin, who spoke at the 1932 Democratic National Convention was a diehard FDR fan until he determined the New Deal didn’t go far enough. The priest was accused of being both a left wing demagogue and a right wing demagogue. To learn more about his impact on politics, FDR and the New Deal read The Right Frequency.

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