An op-ed piece in Sunday's New York Times, When a Catholic Terrified the Heartland by Robert A. Slayton, reaches back in history to Al Smith's run for the presidency in 1928. Smith was the first Roman Catholic to run for the office and panic ensued that the Vatican would regain control of the American government.
"Opponents blanketed the country with photos of the recently completed Holland Tunnel, the caption stating that this was the secret passage being built between Rome and Washington, to transport the pope to his new abode."
Don't bother to demolish Our Lady of Vilnius. We found the secret papal passage to the tunnel years ago. By the way, we also found Judge Crater and Jimmy Hoffa down there!