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John M. Farley Biography

Former Archbishop of New York
Pro to the question "Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"

“The people see that church property is really, in the point of use, their property, and that it would be as sensible to tax the New York City Hall and Central Park as to tax the churches… The churches are as free to the public as the city buldings; they have been built for the use of the people, with the people’s money; and they are still supported by voluntary offerings. They are kept open to suit the necessity and convenience of the public, and all their services are for the multitude. It may be said in fact that the churches are more truly the property of the people in point of use than even the city offices, for in the churches they are always welcome, and it is not for the comfort and happiness of the clergy that these buildings are erected, but solely for the people, after the first intention of honoring God… To tax property so truly the property of the people is simply an absurdity of the same nature as taxing the public schools because they enjoy the protection of the Federal government…

Such a taxation is utterly opposed to American principles, contrary to the custom of nations, very distasteful to people that believe in God and in Christ.”

“Why Church Property Should Not Be Taxed,”, 1894

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Archbishop of New York
  • Former Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy
  • Former Titular Bishop of Zeugma in Syria
  • Former Auxiliary Bishop of New York
  • Former Priest of New York
  • Administrator of the Archdiocese of New York, 1902
  • Participated in the Conclave of 1914, which elected Pope Benedict XV
  • Assistant at the Pontifical Throne, 1905
  • Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York, 1891-1902
  • Assistant Rector of St. Peter’s, New Brighton, Staten Island, NY, 1870-1872, 1884-1902
  • Promoted to the Metropolitan See of New York, Sep. 15, 1902
  • Protonotary Apostolic, 1894
  • Domestic Prelate of His Holiness (the Pope), Apr. 8, 1892
  • Privy Chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII, 1884
  • Pastor of St. Gabriel, NY, 1884
  • Attended Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum De Propaganda Fide, Rome, Italy
  • Attended North American College, Rome, Italy
  • Attended St. Joseph’s Seminary, Troy, New York
  • Attended St. John’s College, Fordham, New York
  • Attended St. MacCartan’s College, Minor Seminary for the Diocese of Clogher, Monaghan, Ireland
  • Also known as John Murphy Farley and John Cardinal Farley
  • Died in Orienta Point, Mamaroneck, NY on Sep. 17, 1918
  • Instrumental in the development of the Catholic Encyclopedia
  • Private Secretary to Archbishop John McCloskey of New York, 1872-1884
  • Ordained to the priesthood, Rome, Italy, June 11, 1870
  • Born in Newtownhamilton, Ireland on Apr. 20, 1842
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?