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Division Of The Archdiocese Of Sydney, 1858–1865

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The Congregation de Propaganda Fide was aware that rapid economic development in the British colonies of Australia in the 1840s and 1850s resulted in a spectacular increase of population. The question of the division of the Archdiocese of Sydney was one of the highest formality, involving as it did the establishment of dioceses and the appointment of bishops, and so was dealt with at a plenary meeting of the Propaganda Fide cardinals. Karl von Reisach urged the further division of the Archdiocese of Sydney by turning Maitland into a territorial diocese and establishing a diocese at Bathurst which had all the necessary conditions, even more so than Armidale, already in existence. Given John Bede Polding's age, von Reisach thought Francis Murphy, the first Bishop of Adelaide, would be a good influence on the Australian Church and might even succeed to the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Keywords:Archdiocese of Sydney; Australian Church; de Propaganda Fide; dioceses; Francis Murphy; John Bede Polding; Karl von Reisach



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