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UprootedThe Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001

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The Catholic Response

The Catholic Response

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(p.91) six The Catholic Response
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Uprooted
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Roy Parker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.003.0006

This chapter shows that organisation of Catholic child emigration was closely associated with the prevailing structure and concerns of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Manning, as its head (and later Cardinal Vaughan), not only took a special interest in the spiritual and material welfare of children, but also exercised a considerable influence over the associated policies and practices. Nevertheless, there was a strong diocesan system, in which each Bishop brought his particular interests to bear. The hierarchy in Canada played a somewhat similar role, although generally welcoming any scheme that brought in more Catholic children. Moreover, the priests in the areas where such children were placed were usually expected to vet the placements and ensure the subsequent well being of the children. How well they discharged these duties doubtless varied from priest to priest.

Keywords:   Catholics, children, child emigration, priests, Catholic Church, Cardinal Manning, child welfare

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