Irish Argentinians Plead for Their Own Chaplain
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
File of original and copy correspondence between the Irish Catholic Association of S. Antonio de Areco, Giles and Baradero, their representative Fr. Denis Gildea, Buenos Aires, with the Congregation of the Council, petition by the Association's Ladies' Committee, and ensuing correspondence between the papal nuncio in Buenos Aires and the Bishop of La Plata (submitted to the congregation); also, memoranda by [Gildea] and (Hagan). The Irish Association point to the need for a special ministry to face threats to their traditional faith and morals; quoting the late Bishop Terrero of La Plata for their case. This is corroborated by [Gildea], Rome, stressing the general dearth of clergy in Argentina, recommending the great beneficence of the Irish Catholics signing the petition; pointing to the unsuitedness of the Passionists for the work and advocating continued Irish secular chaplaincies. Following counsel from Bishop Alberti of La Plata through the nuncio, the Congregation of the Council (Cardinal Sbarretti) rejects the appeal, pointing to the many Irish priests, secular and religious of various orders. Justifying the decision firstly by stating that Irish secular priests often do not adapt well to local customs and furthermore often create dissent among the Irish settlers, and secondly by expressing the belief that the appellants are looking for a priest of a specific political couleur: Francisco Morgan, president of the Association, told the bishop that the existing Irish priests inspired no confidence since they were not sufficiently republican. [25 September 1923 -14 November 1924]
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