Touchstones of Catholicity by William P. Hyland

Touchstones of Catholicity

Bishop Richard Challoner & the Idea of the Primitive Church

by William P. Hyland

Bishop Richard Challoner was the indefatigable leader of the small community of English Catholics during the often difficult times of the eighteenth century. Called “Recusants” because of their refusal to attend Church of England services, Catholics were penalized by various laws and persecuted during the period that lasted from the English Reformation up to the nineteenth century. Challoner is a revered figure in the English Catholic imagination, and a symbol of the fortitude of the Catholic community in the last century of those penal days, from the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution to the days of the anti-Catholic Gordon riots, whose fury, as an elderly man, he barely escaped with his life.

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