The Visit of Archbishop Gaetano Bedini to the United States of America: June 1853-February 1854 (Google eBook)

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Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 1960 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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In the decades preceding the Civil War, the fledgling Catholic Church in the United States found herself swept along in the maddening pace of an expanding nation. The very circumstances of the time forced her to make the long trek to the West, to the South, and to the North with the ever growing United States. As the nation was acquiring more territory and more States, the Church was honored with more Bishops and blessed with more souls. From the Bishop of Baltimore in 1808, forty Bishops governed her by 1853. From the 23,000 souls she counted in 1785, she could number 1,606,000 by 1850. The natural birthrate and, to some extent, recent converts assured her that more and more souls would enter her fold and consequently more dioceses would be needed. The Catholic Church in the USA had found a liberty of action and a freedom of worship, completely alien to any European scheme of things. She was proud and thankful for this position. She was also proud and fortunate that she had long cemented ties with Rome. Once this unity was assured, the American Church had taken care to assure unity among her own Bishops by numerous councils, which found their climax in the First Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1852. But she had problems, which even the Plenary Council did not solve.
  

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Contents

THE FIRST MONTHS OF THE TRIP
16
CANADA
35
THE NUNCIO RETURNS TO THE UNITED STATES
42
THE BUFFALO SETBACK
50
TRIUMPH IN NEW YORK
74
TOUR OF THE WEST
89
FINAL VISIT TO WASHINGTON
118
THE LAST DAYS
131
A VARIED REACTION
157
THE NUNCIOS INSPIRATION
171
CONCLUSION
180
THE NUNCIOS REPORT
190
Appendix
288
The Letter of Pope Pius IX to President Pierce
294
Bibliography
300

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Page 9 - This prelate, being endowed with the most brilliant qualities of heart and mind, was well deserving of this distinguished commission from the Holy Father. I beg therefore that your Excellency will be pleased to receive him in that kindness of spirit which is characteristic of your disposition, and to extend to him whatever assistance he may need. Your favor will be the more necessary to him to facilitate his being kindly received by the President, to whom he is to present, likewise, a Pontifical...
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