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‘A Nation of Beggars’?Priests, People, and Politics in Famine Ireland, 1846–1852$
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Donal A. Kerr

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207375.001.0001

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The Queen’s Colleges or the Catholic University?

The Queen’s Colleges or the Catholic University?

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(p.282) 9 The Queen’s Colleges or the Catholic University?
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‘A Nation of Beggars’?
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DONAL A. KERR

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207375.003.0009

While anger at the Ecclesiastical Titles Bill had united English and Irish Catholics, both laity and clergy, it had not brought unity to the Irish bishops. The question of the Queen’s Colleges still sharply divided them. Archbishop Murray remained calmly, if not obstinately, convinced of the value of the colleges despite the shock of the Titles bill. His long and excellent record as pastor and administrator for 40 years gave him a high standing within and without his own Church. Opposing those who accepted the Queen’s Colleges was a zealous group of bishops and priests who had distrusted the scheme from the start as dangerous to the faith and morals of Catholic youth. After the death of Murray, a Catholic university became feasible. The death of Murray removed a major obstacle. The Church had opted against integration into the state system and had set up a parallel Catholic system.

Keywords:   Irish Catholics, Ecclesiastical Titles, Archbishop Murray, Catholic Church

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