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Ecclesiastical Civil War In The Swan River Colony, 1843–1853

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One of those who helped to cause Archbishop John Bede Polding's reputation at the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide to falter in the later 1840s was the first Bishop of Perth, John Brady. In response to an urgent appeal from the small, priestless Catholic community in the Swan River Colony, founded in 1829, Polding sent Brady, one of his priests, as his Vicar General in the western part of Australia in 1843. For his arduous journey to Perth and effective action to end the schism Polding earned effusive praise from Cardinal Fransoni. It is noteworthy that the one who did what Rome was unable to do, cut the Gordian knot of the strife in the Swan River Colony, achieved this feat against the background of a recent decline in his personal Roman standing on account of his management of problems in his own diocese.

Keywords:Catholic community; John Bede Polding; Propaganda Fide; Sacred Congregation; Swan River Colony



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