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The Sacred Congregation De Propaganda Fide And Its Australian Dependency In The Nineteenth Century

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When Australia's Catholics in the nineteenth century referred to the highest authority in their Church they often employed vague and pious expressions such as 'Rome', 'the Holy See', 'the Apostolic See', 'the Pope', 'the Holy Father', 'the Holy City' and 'the Eternal City'. The Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide was (and still is) one of a dozen or so congregations or curial departments, each responsible for a different sphere of activity, through which the Pope exercised his supreme authority in the Catholic Church. The proclaimed objectives of the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide were spiritual: the diffusion of Catholic Christianity among the pagan, schismatic and heretical parts of the globe. This chapter considers some of the specific and practical factors which affected the link between the Congregation de Propaganda Fide and one particular part of its jurisdiction, the Australian Catholic Church.

Keywords:Australian Catholic Church; Catholic Christianity; nineteenth century; Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide

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