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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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The ‘greening’ of Cardinal Manning

The ‘greening’ of Cardinal Manning

(p.243) 14 The ‘greening’ of Cardinal Manning
Irish Catholic Identities

Fergal Casey

Manchester University Press

The influx of the Irish into London, and the realities of having to deal with the Irish poor as a priest and bishop, had profound impact on the convert cardinal, Henry Edward Manning. His Ireland: A letter to Earl Grey (1868), saw him adopt all but revolutionary ideas in response to Irish conditions. He evolved a more general economic radicalism in his The dignity and rights of labour (1874). This continued later in the century and he was closely associated with both the land league and the Home Rule movement. He played an important role in the commission on housing the working class of which the Prince of Wales and Sir Charles Dilke were also members. Manning was instrumental in helping to resolve the London Dock’s strike of 1889, many of the Dockers were Irish. He lambasted the employers on that occasion as ‘the most impenitent congregation to which I have ever preached’. His deep sympathy for the Irish poor is a key to understanding his general social and political outlook. Some of his views were subsequently take up by Chesterton and Belloc and in Catholic social teaching more generally.

Keywords:   Manning poverty working-class radicalism

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