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Charles Horan's funeral oration for Bishop Shiel
Title : Charles Horan's funeral oration for Bishop Shiel Charles Horan's funeral oration for Bishop Shiel
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Date of creation : 1872
Format : Pamphlet
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Laurence Bonaventure Shiel became Roman Catholic Bishop of Adelaide in 1866. When Bishop Shiel died in March 1872, he left major divisions within the local Catholic Church, not least through his excommunication of Mary MacKillop a few months earlier for allegedly resisting his attempt to take charge of her order and change the sisters' rule of life. The debacle was largely caused by the interference of a Franciscan friar named Charles Horan. Under the pretext of preaching a funeral sermon for the Bishop, Horan launched a vicious attack on those who had disagreed with Shiel and himself, and castigating the Sisters for their 'ignorance and fanaticism'. There had been a furious debate in the press over MacKillop's excommunication and Horan referred to the Catholic newspaper, the Irish harp (who had supported her) as a 'virulent cancer on the bosom of Catholicism in South Australia'. The newspaper retaliated by publishing Horan's funeral oration together with evidence refuting each of his statements.

Related names :

MacKillop, Mary, 1842-1909

Moran, Charles

Shiel, Laurence Bonaventure

Irish Harp and farmers' journal, newspaper

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart

Coverage year : 1872
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Gardiner, Paul. Mary MacKillop: an extraordinary Australian; the authorised biography, Newtown, N.S.W.: E.J. Dwyer/ David Ell Press, 1993
Irish harp and farmers' journal, Adelaide, S. Aust.: James O'Dwyer Hennessy, 1869-1873



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