University of Notre Dame


1873 May
(Perché, Napoleon Joseph, Archbishop of: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Perché notes the receipt of interest payments from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd on a loan of $1000 made to them in April, 1870.

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1873 May
Richardson, (Father) R.: Newport, England
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Father Richardson believes he knows Brownson personally through the Review. In England now there is an attempt at enforcing teetotalism, which Richardson believes, has its basis in the sad effects of intemperance in drinking. Anything to overcome the evil will be accepted. The weapons of the Catholic Church will have to be used against this moral evil, thinks Richardson. He has tried to apply a Catholic remedy. Richardson has set forth his scheme in a book and wants Brownson to pass judgment on the plan. He believes that which is good will be adopted permanently. One or two little publications will be sent to Brownson later.

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1873 May 1
Cauvin, Father (Anthony): Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Cauvin encloses a check for $15,000, the balance of the five promissory notes of Father (E.J.) Foltier, endorsed by (Perché), of $5,000 each.

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1873 May 2
Murray, Hugh: Kingston, Canada West
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He sends McMaster an artilce, "The Leonine City". He admired McMaster's article in Dr. Brann's work and agrees with McMaster that college men are a poor set because they are not being trained in current thought. He is about as advanced as he was years ago although his health is better now. His present position is only pro temp. He thinks that he will return to Rome but that September will see stirring times and that he shall again be under arms. The pilgrimage matter brought much ridicule upon him and as he is a poor man, he is not able to defend himself and is liable to attack. McMaster put his last letter in a curious place with the advertisement, but as long as he does not injure the Church he is indifferent as to what happens to himself. He is free July 1 to go to Rome and he would make an excellent correspondent. The trip would cost him about $300. He asks McMaster to think about this as he thinks that he should be elsewhere. Father Edward (Murray) was in New York last week but McMaster was out when he called. Alfonsus' health broke down at the Jesuits so he has returned home but he will be well in time. He will have no leisure until July to write any articles but he hopes to hear from McMaster before then. He must make a decision whether he is to give up his grandiose ideas to continue teaching school. He sends his regards to the members of McMaster's family, and he excuses himself for trespassing upon McMaster's time with his quaint ideas.

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1873 May 9
Frattini, Candidas Maria: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché of: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Since there has been some confusion about the date on which Saint Mary Magdalen Home had its distribution of honors it was thought proper to send this information to the bishops and their faithful who have contributed to the home. This year the date is September 8, the nativity of the Blessed Virgin. They would like to have gifts as soon as possible so that they can be recorded. They wish also to express their gratitude to the Archbishop for his previous gifts.

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1873 May 10
Corcoran, Father J(ames) A.: Overbrook, Pennsylvania
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

In reply to (Purcell's) letter Corcoran submits the following opinion. Looking at the case as presented he does not believe Mr. Bunbury was under censure. The positive laws of God and Church do not bind under "grave incommodum." That was Banbury's case, and there was no contumacy in his actions. In the concrete case under American law, Bunbury was just exercising his right. Canon 155 of the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore forbids laymen to go to court against ecclesiastics without necessity, and this Bishop (Caspar) B(orgess) hints at. Canon 156 forbids strictly ecclesiastical affairs be dragged to civil tribunals by ecclesiastical personages. The original canon was made in the Provincial Council of 1837 but was tempered to its present form by Rome. Corcoran quotes (in Latin) the words of Cardinal Mai, Sept. 2, 1837. Thus the American bishops say priests must not bring civil actions against priests, but Rome says "not in such general terms." Thus the law applies only to purely ecclesiastical matters. Priests are free to sue in temporal matters; a fortiori laymen. Corcoran feels that Bishop B(orgess) is bound in conscience to some kind of restitution, and that Mr. Bunbury had been cruelly wronged.

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1873 May 10
Corcoran, Father Ja(me)s A.: Overbrook, Pennsylvania
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Corcoran received Purcell's letter in due time and gave it full and attentive consideration. He was prepared to submit a reply when unfortunately he was called to town and kept busy, sent to Baltimore for Bishop Gross's consecration, and busy visiting with students returning from the American College at Rome, until business was impossible. This is his only excuse. With this letter Purcell will receive the documents enclosed to him by Purcell. His answer he sends to Purcell for prudential reasons by another mail. Father (Francis) Pabisch has given an opinion theoretically excellent but practically amounting to nothing, being thoroughly noncommittal. Bishop (Caspar) B(orgess')s letter is much worse and in Rome would cause disapprobation. If Mr. Bunbury fell under the censure of the church, the bishops did a fortiori by the first page in his letter, by professing himself willing to be sued. It was a blundering business. Bunbury had no right legally to exact compensation from the bishop for debts unlawfully incurred by one of the bishop's clergymen where the money was not spent for the church. But it was the duty of the bishop to seek a compromise and avert the scandal. The bishop did not and yet punished Bunbury for an act of which he himself was equally guilty at least morally. The refusal of communion cannot be excused and his presumed disposition can be set down to a prejudiced imagination. Corcoran mentioned the whole affair to Bishop (James F.) Wood and he agrees thoroughly.

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1873 May 10
O'Connor, Father Cha(rle)s P.: Overbrook, P(ennsylvani)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

O'Connor has just returned from the consecration of Bishop (Michael A.) Corrigan and has received Purcell's letter. The Doctor is writing a reply now. O'Connor is of the opinion that a layman does not incur excommunication by citing a bishop before the Civil Court if the case be not strictly on ecclesiastical rights. This opinion he bases on a decree of the Propaganda which is quoted in Kenrick's Moral Theology, De Censuris, Cap. 1, no. 7, modifying the decree of the Council of Baltimore. It is certainly an offense to summon a bishop before a civil tribunal to compel payment of a debt, but if there is no other way O'Connor thinks the offense would be on the part of the bishop. He excuses his brevity because he found another letter in his mail informing him of a serious injury to his mother from a fall. The letter of the doctor and Purcell's document will be in the next mail.

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1873 May 10
Sanvito, O.P., Father General J.M.: (Rome, Italy)

This is a certificate that the relic from the flesh of B. Aegidius, confessor of the Dominicans, has been placed in a metal vessel and sealed by the Vicar Minister General of the Dominicans.

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1873 May 12
Blakely, Sue X.: Cincinnati, (Ohio)
 to (Sarah M.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Miss Blakely read Sarah's "Apostle of the Alleghenies" (Life of Prince Gallitzin) and wishes to add her praise. Never for a moment was the interest permitted to flag. The writer was glad to hear that her ancestors Simon Ruffner and John Weakland mentioned in the memoir were faithful to their pastor. Miss Blakely was grateful for (Orestes A.) Brownson's favorable review of "Photographic Views"- The writer corrected the imperfect English in the article. If Sarah came to St. Mary's, Miss Blakely would like to see her.

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1873 May 14
Bayley, J(ames) Roosevelt, Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, O(hio)

He has received a letter from Cardinal Barnabo requesting his opinion in regard to the erecting Milwaukee into a Metropolitan See. The Vicar General and the Superior of the Seminary of Milwaukee have also written favoring the petition addressed to the Holy See. He thinks the time has come but hesitates in regard to one or two matters upon which he would like Purcell's opinion. It does not seem proper to give Milwaukee precedence in time and trust over Philadelphia and also Boston just because the Bishop wished the matter delayed until his new Cathedral was finished. If the sees are to be erected into Metropolitan Sees one after the other, he thinks Philadelphia should have precedence, then Milwaukee, then Boston. The matter has been left by the Propaganda up to the Archbishops of Cincinnati, New York, Baltimore and no mention is made of St. Louis in whose Province Milwaukee is suffragan see. He has felt bound to inform Archbishop (Peter R. Kenrick) so that he voices his opinion either to Bayley or directly to Rome. He is much improved in health after his trip to Florida, although he is still not as good as new and finds the work too heavy. For that reason he will apply for a coadjutor as soon as he finds the proper person. He is glad to hear Purcell is still as active as ever. He sends regards to (Father Edward Purcell).

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1873 May 14
(Keating), Sister Mary de Chantal: Wheeling, West Va.
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

She calls his attention to a work, "The Sign of the Cross" which was lately published and which appears to do an important service. It was written by Mgr. Gaume and translated from the original French by one of the Sisters. She has ordered a copy sent to him. She thinks that he will be doing a service to the Church by calling attention to the manner in which the Sign of the Cross is made and the reasons that some of the Catholics are afraid to make it in public. The Sisters have a special intention for him in their May devotions.

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1873 May 15
Kent, Sister Mary Augustine: Wilmington, North Carolina
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

Since she has heard so much about his charity and liberality from her pastor, Father (Mark S.) Gross, she is encouraged to call on him for a small donation toward the building of the first convent in North Carolina. By doing so he will insure for himself the prayers of the pioneers of religious life in North Carolina. He is asked to send the reply to the Sisters of Mercy in care of Father Gross as there are Protestant sisters there.

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1873 May 18
Kindekens, Father J: Apple River, (Wisconsin)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He says that something to the point with the Angelical Salutation will be found in the Catechism of the Council of Trent translated by Rev, G. Donovan on page 326. He offers this information for he read that McMaster was not yet finished with the Angelical Salutation.

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1873 May 22

Catholic Telegraph

Letter by Archbishop John B. Purcell in regard to the Pentecost collection for the Diocesan Seminary. Confirmation of 200 boys and girls by Purcell at the Cathedral. Laying of the cornerstone of new Catholic Church in Middletown, Ohio, at which Purcell was present. Article from the Freeman's Journal concerning the increasing number of Catholic schools and students.

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1873 May 24
Corrigan, Bishop Michael A.: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey):

Bishop Corrigan received Brownson's letter of the 22nd and thanks him for the expression of good will. The Bishop will be most happy to see the Review succeed and increase in circulation. The articles which Brownson writes will long continue to be read with interest. Bishop Corrigan hopes to see Brownson in Elizabeth soon.

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1873 May 29
A.W. and Company New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Received from Perché $2236.66 towards renewing, with the consent of Father (Jeremiah Moynihan) Moneyhan until November 23/26;, 1873, nine notes of the New Orleans Female Dominican Academy for $20,000 due November 23/26;, 1872.

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1873 May 30
Murray, Hugh: Kingston, Canada West
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He sent McMaster a manuscript on the Allic Union and also an article on Catholic France as well as two manuscripts by different poets in the League of St. Sebastian and Mr. Fraude. He intended extracts from the Allic Union but instead sent in "in globo" as it is documentary. A special association of their own was prefered by him but affiliation with the League is better than nothing. The reading of the Crusades will prove beneficial. He has been told that General McMahon is not gifted with moral courage and his election is a step, as he has some recollection of his adventures in Algiers. He will not be a man to prevent the storm but will attempt to secure the triumph by attaching to the cause of Henry a large part of the French army.

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