CP&S comment: Some interest has been stirred, both on the blog and off it, on one of the examples of bad and biased journalism mentioned by Fr George Rutler in his ‘Weekly Column’ that we published yesterday, that of the large Crucifix worn by the Red Indian, Sitting Bull, until his dying day. The well known photo of this famous Indian chief was photoshopped to blot out the Crucifix! Such a powerful witness to the Saviour of Mankind and the instrument of our redemption could not be tolerated by the secular media, even over 100 years ago. Flagrant hostility to Christians by the MSM, and in particular to the Catholic Church, continues to grow increasingly worse in our day. Here is an account of the background to this story by Catholic blogger, Dr Taylor Marshall.
Not long ago, I was speaking with Father Phil Wolfe about the evangelization of the Flathead Indians in northwest America. He stood up up from his desk and went to one of his many bookshelves and pulled down a book. He opened it and set it in front of me with a page open to a photo.
It was stated at one time that Sitting Bull, while hating the white Americans and disdaining to speak their language; was yet very fond of the French Canadians, that he talked French, and that he had been converted to Christianity by a French Jesuit, named Father De Smet. How true this may be is uncertain, but probably there is some foundation for it. The French Jesuits have always been noted for their wonderful success in winning the affections of the Indians, as well as for the transitory nature of their conversions, and it is very possible that Father De Smet may have not only baptized Sitting Bull at some time, but induced him and his braves to attend mass, as performed by himself in the wilderness. The benefits of the conversion seem however to have been only skin deep, as far as preventing cruelty in war is concerned. (Whittaker, A Complete Life of General Custer, Volume 2, 535).