Letter from M.J. Curran to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Curran, Michael J.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from M.(J. Curran), The Carrington, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales (Australia), to Hagan. Praising the Eucharistic Congress from all perspectives, administrational and ceremonial, and stating that it has already shown results in countering ignorance and helping Catholic & non-Catholic relations. The cardinal's magnetic personality had a huge role to play; 'he carried all, most of all the non-Catholics, off their feet'. Sketching their itinerary, having visited Brisbane they will travel to Melbourne and Wagga. Some of the party return earlier than the cardinal; Curran plans for time in Australia and New Zealand, to return in early February. The Archbishop of Brisbane was ill; Curran hopes to see him to discuss certain points in Melbourne. (Mannix) has already expressed sympathy and given advice concerning the College; sketching possibility of getting subscriptions by private appeal; cautioning the church there bears large debts. Curran's association with Cardinal (Cerretti) will help. Describing Archbishop Kelly as one whose piety and sincerity all respect, in spite of his drawbacks; the Italians recognised the patriarch in him right away. All registers were pulled to gain him the hat, but there is less fear of that now. Stating that the Osservatore correspondent showed the usual ignorance in his treatment of the nations. Many Irish Australians are upset that no more Irish bishops visited; the Archbishops of Dublin and Chicago are mentioned in particular. Fearing that 'we are (losing) our grip everywhere' and expressing supreme indignation about the Irish in their easy and conceited indifference, in contrast to those in the antipodes and America who have had to work very hard for Irish prestige, working religious and civil wonders. Then praising his travel companion, [Caccia Dominconi]; while his esteem for Respighi has grown, di Lorenzo is a 'superior-minded sycophant'; comments on the other Italian travellers. [Count Hearn] has been most sympathetic.
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