Cardinal Maellory Protests Against Partition
"Flagrant and Intolerable"
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"Partition is a grievous injustice against our whole nation—one of
the oldest nations in Europe—but it is a flagrant and intolerable injustice against Catholics doomed to live under the narrow and unjust domination of the Belfast Parliament and Executive." ln these terms, Cardinal MacRory at Cavan delivered the most vigorous protest which has come from His Eminence's lips.
" When I read day after day in the press that this war Is being fought for the rights and liberties of small nations. and then think of my own corner of our country overrun by British and United States soldiers against the will of the nation, I con,fess," the Cardinal added. " I somea ani pt ine, eesf.i,nd it extremely hard to be pt ine, eesf.i,nd it extremely hard to be
The Cardinal Primate's visit to Cavan was for the dedication of the Cathedral of SS. Patrick and Felim, which has been built by the Bishop of Kilinorepictures of this fine piece of modern Renaissance architecture were a recent feature in this newspaper. The Nuncio Apostolic, the Archbishop of Dublin, and prelates of the Northern Province also assisted at an occasion of jay in the midst of troublous times.
The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois—golden voice of the Irish hierarchy—said in his sermon that the presence of Government and political leaders symbolised the resurgence of the ancient nation.
The Apostolic blessing was received. The first full year's work of the Catholic Social Service Conference in Dublin shows a fine record of achievement. The Archbishop caused this organisation to be formed in order to co-ordinate the multifarious societies engaged in different types of service. It was a bold move, and a headline to Catho/ic Action in other places than Ireland's teeming capital city.
It justified itself in a great increase of efficiency as overlapping was reduced and the strength and zeal of societies were combined. Dr. McQuaid, presenting the Conference with a gift of £1,000, congratulated the members.
The President of the Conference reports that twenty-three food centres are working in Dublin and supplying about two-and-a-half million meals per annual. Nearly forty organisations cooperate under the C.S.S.C. direction. Some 3,000 tons of fuel have been made available for the poor. Over eighty clothing guilds have made and distributed garments. A building society is reconstructing houses rie lowrented flats for the poor. A committee is devising plans for the relief of Unemployment.
In the light of such a record of achievement, the Archbishop eloquently commends the workers, saying: " To have spent another year in the drudgery of divine charity and in the difficulties of united well-doing is a triumph of God's mace I congratulate you on the manner in which the component associations have retained their individual character and yet have worked together for a common purpose in unquestioning harmony."