1822 · Philadelphia
One of several pamphlets issued during the => Hogan Schism that occurred at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Philadelphia (probably the best known episode in the history of the battles between Catholic bishops and trustees over the control of church property). The Rev. William Hogan publicly attacked the Bishop of Philadelphia, Conwell, and was suspended by him. The trustees of the parish, already known for a spirit of rancor, defended him, and their right to keep him in their pulpit; they took their case to the public and even to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where they lost to the bishop.
During the brouhaha, the bishop's vicar-general, Fr. William Vincent Harold, O.P., came to the bishop's public defense. Mathew Carey, the well-known Philadelphia printer and a prolific writer, added fuel to the fire with his pamphlets defending the trustees, although he later changed his position. This pamphlet was published by the firm of Mathew Carey's son.
Parsons 762; Shoemaker 8267. Recent wrappers; title-page reattached with archival tissue. Age-toning and foxing. Ex-Georgetown collection, with small stamps in margins. (Inventory #: 38244)