Paul Cardinal Cullen and the Structure of the Church He Created – 25th October
The pastoral vision of Paul Cardinal Cullen in the latter half of the 19th century in Ireland was breathtaking in its diversity, awe inspiring in its implementation and remarkable in its effectiveness. It was both focused and inspirational. It succeeded in winning widespread, though not universal support, in his lifetime. It created a legacy in the sacred area of religion that endured for over a century. The pastoral structure established during his era in the areas of healthcare and education endured for a similar length of time.
Cullen’s pastoral vision transformed the culture of Ireland in three distinct ways. It confronted widespread popular superstition through theological devotions. It confronted ignorance through education. It confronted illness through the establishment of hospitals and healthcare facilities.
This pastoral vision will be outlined by Ciaran O’Carroll