The Catholic Response

Roy Parker

in Uprooted

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420145
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304142 | DOI:
The Catholic Response

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This chapter shows that organisation of Catholic child emigration was closely associated with the prevailing structure and concerns of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Manning, as its head (and later Cardinal Vaughan), not only took a special interest in the spiritual and material welfare of children, but also exercised a considerable influence over the associated policies and practices. Nevertheless, there was a strong diocesan system, in which each Bishop brought his particular interests to bear. The hierarchy in Canada played a somewhat similar role, although generally welcoming any scheme that brought in more Catholic children. Moreover, the priests in the areas where such children were placed were usually expected to vet the placements and ensure the subsequent well being of the children. How well they discharged these duties doubtless varied from priest to priest.

Keywords: Catholics; children; child emigration; priests; Catholic Church; Cardinal Manning; child welfare

Chapter.  9800 words. 

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