But imagine if you had told “Dagger” John Hughes that the Irish would rule Catholic New York for nearly 200 years? It would have sent his head spinning.
Yes, they should face the reality of the changing times and the changing faces in the pews.
Yes, the church was a force social mobility, but at a high price when it came to conformity and sexuality.
But maybe for this week, just this week, we should acknowledge this amazing fete. That the Irish in
America obtained and maintain influence, not for its own sake, or in the name of making the world a
The amazing thing is that it happened in the first place.
Could they have done more? Of course.
Let’s not forget the biggest miracle -- that they did it at all.
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