History of the Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Century (1789-1908) - Vol. 2

History of the Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Century (1789-1908) - Vol. 2

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History of the Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Century (1789-1908) - Vol. 2

History of the Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Century (1789-1908) - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER I

THE CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN

(a) THE REPEAL OF THE PENAL LAWS IN ENGLAND (1778-1829)

Ward, The Dawn of the Catholic Revival in England, 1781- 1803, 2 vols., London, 1909. Amherst, The History of Catholic Emancipation, 1771- 1820, 2 vols., London, 1886. Butler, Historical Memoirs of English, Irish and Scottish Catholics, 3rd ed., 4 vols., London, 1822. Milner, Supplementary Memoirs. London, 1820. Husenbeth, Life of Milner, Dublin, 1862. Ward, Catholic London a Century Ago London , 1905.

THE Catholic population of England at the time of the passing of the first Relief Bill was about 60,000, 25,000 of whom were in the London district, 20,000 in the Northern, 9,000 in the Midland, and over 3,000 in the Western district. The Church was governed by four vicars apostolic, between whom England was divided into the four above-mentioned districts, while the total number of clergy at work on the mission probably reached close on 350. The Catholic body was composed of native English Catholics, many of whom belonged to the nobility and wealthy classes, and of Irish immigrants, who at this period were settled for the most part in London. The total number of Catholic Irish in London was between 4,000 and 5,000, and in the rest of England about 2,000 or 3,000.*

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