“In All Countries Such Distinctions Are Odious: In None More So Than This”

Jason K. Duncan

in Citizens or Papists?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225125
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236930 | DOI:

Series: Hudson Valley Heritage

“In All Countries             Such Distinctions Are Odious: In None More So Than This”

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This chapter focuses on Catholics' efforts to attain political equality. The intense competition between Republican factions and the growing Catholic population, along with a new assertiveness on the part of Catholics themselves, combined to bring the question of Catholic political rights to the forefront of New York politics. Catholics had overcome the ban on their holding state office with the assistance of exiled English and Irish Republicans, most of whom were from the Protestant tradition. They understood the exclusion of Catholics from public office, however, as essentially a secular problem. Their political ethos emphasized the building of a new political order that included a sharp division between church and state, one in which sectarian loyalties would be a private matter.

Keywords: Republican factions; federalism; republicanism; Republicans; Catholic population; political equality

Chapter.  8091 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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