Numerous Lincoln assassination conspiracy theories still exist. Two of the most interesting involve Andrew Johnson and the papacy. Members of Congress tried to implicate Andrew Johnson in the assassination. They even called a special committee to investigate in 1867. The committee could not find any links between Johnson and the killing. It is interesting to note that Congress impeached Johnson that same year.

The second theory is that the Roman Catholic Church had reason to hate Abraham Lincoln. This is based on Lincoln's legal defense of a former Priest against the Bishop of Chicago. This theory is further enhanced by the fact that the Catholic John H. Surratt, the son of Mary Surratt, fled America and ended up in the Vatican. However, the evidence connecting Pope Pius IX with the assassination is dubious at best.

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Do you think President Johnson and/or the Catholic Church had a hand in President Lincoln`s assassination?
Numerous Lincoln assassination conspiracy theories still exist. Two of the most interesting involve Andrew Johnson and the papacy. Members of Congress tried to implicate Andrew Johnson in the assassination. They even called a special committee to investigate in 1867. The committee could not find any links between Johnson and the killing. It is interesting to note that Congress impeached Johnson that same year.

The second theory is that the Roman Catholic Church had reason to hate Abraham Lincoln. This is based on Lincoln`s legal defense of a former Priest against the Bishop of Chicago. This theory is further enhanced by the fact that the Catholic John H. Surratt, the son of Mary Surratt, fled America and ended up in the Vatican. However, the evidence connecting Pope Pius IX with the assassination is dubious at best.

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15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 9:36:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Both are completely ridiculous. Johnson was one of the target, and the only reason he lived was because his would-be assassin got cold feet. And the idea of the Papacy hiring a hit-man to take out Lincoln is absurd.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 9:57:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, sure. Conspiracy.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 10:30:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. John Wilkes Booth killed him. End of story.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 11:17:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thats crap
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 12:02:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
What nightgoddess said.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 4/14/07 - 9:49:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I guess it could be possible but we'll never know unless people find documents about the assassination.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/22/07 - 11:59:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
They shouldn;t be allowed to post this kind of crap

Alot of Catholics died in the Civil War against the rebels

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/22/07 - 12:22:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I highly doubt it. I think the only conspiracy behind Lincoln's murder was the one historically accepted.

On 12/31/2006 9:36:38 AM Griffin_WF wrote:
And the idea of the Papacy hiring a hit-man to take out Lincoln is absurd.

Maybe you should read up on the history of the church if you think it's so absurd.

14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 12/31/07 - 2:35:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure if I buy the Johnson conspiracy theory. Though his politics were very very different from Lincoln's. I was a history major, and am pretty well versed in the facts, and there are some compelling reasons to believe this.



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