The Politicization of the Irish Catholic Bishops, 1800–1850

  title={The Politicization of the Irish Catholic Bishops, 1800–1850},
  author={Oliver Macdonagh},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={37 - 53}
  • O. Macdonagh
  • Published 1 March 1975
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
It has been argued that the general election of 1852 marked the zenith of clerical influence in Irish politics in the nineteenth century. If so, it marked a barren use of power. The present paper is concerned with how such influence was acquired and why it was so curiously exercised; or, more precisely, with these questions in so far as the catholic hierarchy was concerned. 


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