Date of Award

Winter 1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Norman H. Pollock

Committee Member

Douglas G. Greene

Committee Member

Darwin F. Bostick


English Catholics faced great difficulties and divisions in the nineteenth century. The chief problems were obtaining civil rights and the right to provide their children with a religious education, prejudice, the restoration of the hierarchy for more efficient government, and the split between Ultramontanes and Liberals. The influx of Irish added to these problems.

This thesis is concerned only with the English Catholics and those Irish Catholics living in England. The "Irish Question" is not dealt with, as the Irish Catholics had different problems and needs than their English brethren. The major emphasis is the prejudice encountered by English Catholics and the restoration of the hierarchy.


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