Essays on the Irish Church

Essays on the Irish Church

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... there are many indications that the bishops have less influence in Ireland than in most Roman Catholic countries. It is the parish priest, and not the bishop of the diocese, who can still command the sympathies of the people, and to whom they yield the readiest obedience.' The weakness of diocesan episcopacy and of the parochial system in Ireland, the most serious of all the difficulties against which the Irish Church has had to contend, has been transmitted from the times of St. Patrick. Bishops of clans had preceded bishops of dioceses. The monastic system being more congenial to the national character, almost stifled the diocesan system'. In the early Church, bishops residing in monasteries were subordinate to the abbot, or even to the abbess. The preference for the monastic system was shewn long after diocesan episcopacy had been introduced. In the seventeenth century the members of the monastic orders of the Eoman Catholic Church in Ireland bore a very large proportion to the parish priests k. The colonists, who built the first towns in Ireland, by their refusal to recognise the native bishops, weakened still further the attachment of the people to the episcopate. Before the soft material had hardened in the mould it was rudely shaken. The people had not been familiarized with the now aspect under which they were to regard the old institution, when the English came, with the avowed object of correcting ecclesiastical anomalies and bringing the Irish to a complete conformity with the customs of the rest of Christendom. The episcopal order was taken under their special care. To the bishops they gave the highest places in the land, in station, in power, and in wealth; they placed them before the oldest families; they gave more

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  • English
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  • 9781236569813