Fragment Letter from Liam Connick to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Fragment holograph letter from [Liam Connick], Seaview House, Rosslare, to Hagan. Offering the details concerning his failure to secure his former diocese; he had to agree to the bishop suggesting an English diocese. Believing it is because of a surplus of men; but his friends assume he was victimised because of his brother who is an irregular officer, now in prison. Speaking of his fear for the church in the area �'there is a grave danger that the bond between people and priest in this country may be broken': recounting instance of one local priest who has alienated good parishioners both from the pulpit and in their homes by calling them robbers, murderers. 'The people can tolerate and respect priests who hold different views but who act as gentlemen.' He is telling Hagan this since he and Dr. Mannix are two churchmen who hold a grip on the hearts of the people; this is the view of the laity around him. Some of the extremists (republicans) now are the most staunch defenders of the faith. Feeling sure that a republic is within reach; the republicans would be the first to act with charity. A layman pointed to the bishops' pastorals and how they could be fuel for those who comment on the clergy's wealth. (End missing)
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