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An Horizon Of Troubles, 1843–1852

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By authorising the establishment of a monastery in Sydney, creating an Australian episcopal hierarchy and enriching the Benedictine Order in Sydney with a package of privileges and permissions, the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide signalled its satisfaction with Archbishop Polding and his plans. Still flushed with Roman accolades, Polding seemed unaware that he was entering dangerous territory. No longer the only bishop in Australia, he needed to cultivate smooth working relations with his new colleagues in South Australia and Van Diemen's Land. The prediction of Riordan's advisers that there would be trouble in Australia proved well-founded. During their time in Sydney the Brothers wrote back frequently to Riordan to complain about their treatment. They claimed that on the voyage out Polding told them that Riordan's authority over them had ceased and that they were henceforth subject entirely to his jurisdiction with no connection to the parent body in Ireland.

Keywords:Australian episcopal hierarchy; John Bede Polding; Propaganda Fide; Sacred Congregation; Sydney



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