Brethren in Christ
Frederick Lucas and social Catholicism in Ireland
in Irish Catholic identities
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This chapter outlines how Frederick Lucas's social Catholicism led him to identify with the Irish poor as fellow members of the body of Christ, and how he tried to embody that fellowship. Lucas founding editor of the Tablet, was recalled as sacrificing himself for the Irish poor, opposing Castle bishops and their place-hunting lay proteges. Lucas remained in contact with Carlyle for some years after his conversion, and by introducing Young Ireland intellectuals such as Charles Gavan Duffy to the sage contributed to Carlylean influence on their thought. Under the influence of Thomas Carlyle, Lucas turned against the 'pig philosophy' of political economy. The prestige and influence of the English Catholic revival was a source of strength to Irish Catholicism, while English Catholic apologists often cited Irish popular Catholicism as shaming British unbelief.

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