Religion: Emancipation

One hundred years ago in England, Roman Catholics could not be seated in Parliament without taking oaths that meant the renunciation of their faith. Then Irish Catholics of County Clare elected Daniel O'Connell to Parliament, threatened to elect him repeatedly until seated. Fearing civil war an unwilling Parliament and unwilling King George IV passed the Emancipation Bill, giving Catholics equal political rights with Protestants.

Last week to London went many Catholics for the National Catholic Congress and a simultaneous celebration of the Centenary of Emancipation....

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