by John Gavin Nolan
(XIII) We recommend that Ordinaries be requested to not approve of the circulation, through agents, of magazines that overlap one another in the missionary field, or that are not devoted to some definite Church interest. The Board could be at the disposal of the bishops to give information in this regard, and32
(XVII) We recommend that no Catholic publication shall take up the work of collecting for missions without permission of the Board, which permission should only be granted when it is agreed that all monies received be sent, or reported to, that Board, as its directors may decide.33
The bishops were in earnest, and they now had only to implement a report at hand which covered concisely every phase of American mission aid activity. The principal architect of the report was Monsignor Francis Clement Kelley, who in 1905 had founded the Catholic Church Extension Society for the missions in rural America. The report was not for publication, and it is possible that Father Paul never saw it in its entirety.
However, the document was read and studied in Constantinople while it was still secret so far as America was concerned,34 probably even before the bishops saw it. On 11 September 1919, addressing him familiarly as Dear Father George, Monsignor Kelley sent Father Calavassy a copy of the report, reassuring him, as he had Bishop Papadopoulos three days earlier,35 that the Extension Society would undertake to support the Oriental Missions even though a change in the Extension Society charter was legally required. It is naturally expected that I shall be a member of the American Board of Catholic Missions ... even though I am still left as President of Church Extension, Monsignor Kelley added. Under present conditions, the work for the Oriental Missions is a problem on my hands. God will help me to solve it. ...36
Certainly, Monsignor Kelleys words would have been deeply disturbing to Father Paul, since Graymoor was not the only place in America Father Calavassy had visited in search of help. Monsignor Kelley, as expected, was named to the A.B.C.M. board;37 Father Paul was not. As a result, Graymoor was left to worry that, sooner or later, the A.B.C.M. would suppress the U.N.B.L.