Another Take on “Dagger John”

December 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A while back the new president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, published an article in America, the Jesuit magazine, about Catholic schools. It was called “The Catholic Schools We Need.” I agreed with some of it. However, in his enthusiasm for his nineteenth-century predecessor, Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes, Archbishop Dolan left out a few details that seemed pertinent to me.  And the article appeared right around the time that PBS made “Dagger John” the Catholic hero of its series, God in America.

All this put me in kind of a bad mood, so I wrote a piece about these attempts to resurrect “Dagger John” which was published on Religion Dispatches a while back. It perhaps tells you more about me than you want to know that I didn’t realize until today that it had appeared. I need a secretary. (See previous post.)


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