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Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas 1796/08/31





1796 Aug. 31

(Penalver y Cardenas, Luis) Bishop of
(New Orleans), Louisiana

to Father (Pierre Josef) Pedro Didie(r). (O.S.B.)
St. Genevieve, (Missouri?)

Having read Didier's letter of the 3rd, Penalver talked to the governor about his church being in ruins and the inability of the parishioners to rebuild it. Since this cannot be done out of the royal funds, the governor offered to speak to the commandant in order to exhort the people to contribute. Penalver charges Didier to make them see that they are not giving tithes or first-fruits as all Christians are bound to do, that the king pays the pastor and levies no special taxes which can serve as a motive to do this work which will rebound to the honor of God and their own spiritual good. As for a sacristan, Didier must make out a memorandum asking for one and citing the decrease in the church funds. Penalver has no objections to the use of the catechism Didier sent.

IV-5-l L.S. 2pp. 8vo. (Spanish)

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