August 17, 2006

Washington's Monument to Anti-Catholicism

The monument is 555 feet tall.

In 1852, construction on the Washington Monument had reached about 150 feet in height.

That year, the Vatican sent word that Pope Pius IX would send a stone for the monument’s interior wall.

The anti-Catholic “Know Nothing” political organization reacted to the news with furious objections.

The Pope’s stone arrived, but due to the controversy it was stored in a shed on the construction grounds.

On 6 March 1854, intruders broke into the shed and stole the Pope’s stone.

As a result, contributions for building the monument slowed down to a trickle.

By the end of the same year the project ran out of money.

Construction had reached 152 feet in height, but now came to a complete stop.

The work did not resume until after the Civil War.

However, stone for the monument now came from a different quarry, and was not the same color as before.

Look at the pictures, and notice that the difference in color is visible.

Pope Pius IX


Blogger Jeff Miller said...

In fact I believe they threw the stone into the Potomac.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

I understand it's never been found.

11:05 AM  

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