American Caesar and the Attempted Catholicization of Japan
Suzanne McGee reports on recently declassified "accounts of a 1946 meeting between [General Douglas A.] MacArthur and two U.S. Catholic bishops" — Book says MacArthur flooded Japan with post-war religion. More:
- “General MacArthur asked us to urge the sending of thousands of Catholic missionaries — at once,” Bishops John F. O’Hara and Michael J. Ready later reported to the Vatican. MacArthur told them that they had a year to help fill the “spiritual vacuum” created by the defeat.
Based on his experience in the Philippines, MacArthur believed the Catholic Church could find particular appeal because the tradition of seeking absolution for one’s mistakes or misdeeds “appeals to the Oriental,” they reported.