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Thomas Carr:Archbishop Of Melbourne



Thomas Carr:Archbishop Of Melbourne

Author: Thomas Patrick Boland



We shall not understand the Roman Catholic Church of Melbourne and . considering Mannix's broad influence of Australia, if we do not take into consideration the man of quiet strength and intelligent humanity who was a prophet in Israel before Daniel entered his lion's den.Tom BolandThe genial and urbane Thomas Carr preceded the legendary Daniel Mannix as Archbishop of Melbourne. Carr built community bridges which his successor may have undermined. His brilliant management and vision made possible the completion of St Patrick's Cathedral in 1897.As vice-president of Maynooth, Ireland's premier seminary, and as Bishop of Galway, Carr influenced major policies on controversial Irish affairs. Though destined for more significant positions in Ireland, he came, at Leo XIII's call, to Melbourne in 1887.Carr's influence on both church and national life in Australia extended well beyond the turn of the century. In his three decades as Archbishop, he was active in the temperance movement, and a persuasive advocate for education for the underprivileged. He provided humane direction and balance in the early, at times uncertain, years of prosperity, war and depression.