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Oliver P. Rafferty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001

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Brethren in Christ

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Frederick Lucas and social Catholicism in Ireland

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Irish Catholic Identities

Patrick Maume

Manchester University Press

Frederick Lucas, the English Catholic convert and founder of The Tablet was an unlikely hero of Irish radicalism. His ardent social agenda engendered opposition not only from English Catholic Tories such as Cardinal Wiseman but also from Irish churchmen such as Archbishop Paul Cullen. His refusal to accept uncritically the political dictates of churchmen, coupled with the fact that he was MP for Co. Meath, made him a formidable opponent of the more conservatively minded Irish hierarchy. He was also prepared to appeal to Rome over the heads of the Irish hierarchy in an attempt to show that a reforming social agenda was compatible with professing the Catholic faith. His untimely death in 1855, much to Cullen’s relief who attributed it to divine intervention, deprived Irish and British Catholicism of one of its few social radicals.

Keywords:   Frederick Lucas radicalism social-Catholicism

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