Page 1, 7th March 1958

7th March 1958
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Page 1, 7th March 1958 — ARCHBISHOP HEENAN STONED

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Keywords: Religion / Belief

ARCHBISHOP HEENAN, of h i" Liverpool, ran into tiouble from Orange hooligans when on Monday evening be decided to visit 30 parishioners of St. Anthony's, Scotland Road, who were housebound.

Stones and sticks were thrown at him by children as be approached the Orange quarter of Netherfield Road. But no one was hurt.

" We had expected something like this." said Fr. J. W. Maxwell, the parish priest, " but His Grace was insistent ox going to see a certain parishioner who was unable to come to the church for the Visitation.''

No arrangements were made for the Archbishop to have a bodyguard. but when the tirst stone was thrown, those around him came to his protection. The Archbishop, however, continued his walk. Policemen then appeared on the scene, but no arrests were made.

" The Archbishop took a charitable view of the incident," Fr. Maxwell continued, there were some women in the crowd with the children, and plenty of shouting, too."

Archbishop Heenan has commented as follows: " It would be a great mistake to imagine that relations between Protestants and Catholics have suddenly grown bitter. On the contrary, they were never more genuinely cordial."

Numerous telephone calls from non-Catholics and local Protestants have been made to St. Anthony's presbytery expressing regret at the incident.

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