Catholic-LDS relations through the years

In Salt Lake City's early days, Brigham Young once mediated a property dispute between a Roman Catholic priest and another fellow.

The LDS Church president sided with the priest and even offered, according to a contemporary newspaper account, to donate $500 for a school and church planned for the site.

That 1867 gesture set the tone for most -- though certainly not all -- of the interactions between Mormons and Catholics in ensuing years.

According to historians, the Latter-day Saints who settled the Salt Lake Valley and the Catholics who began joining them in the 1860s generally had a live-and-let-live relationship.

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