Bishop Francis Clement Kelley: A Romantic Adventurer

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    Introduction, “A Romantic Adventurer has Passed, making light, amusing anecdotes
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    First section of the lecture Introduction to Francis Clement Kelley
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    Reading from a biography-the american catholic dream
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    Broad lines of this life, an idea of the course of his life
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    Early life, impressions, reference to book Bishop Doth Sit Down by Francis Bishop Kelley, life impressions
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    Problems with money, army chaplain, jobs
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    Kelley become a contact/representative for negotiation, Mexican policy, Kelleyâs advancements, communism in Mexico
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    Banquet by extension-anarchist arsenic attack the poison banquet
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    Meeting important people/social figures, raised roman question, Kelleys very important in opinion forming
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    Diplomatic roles
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    Second section of the talk: relationships, lending power
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    General observations, unity in families/groups
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    Third section of the talk: coincidences and their consequences
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    Kelley’s use of words
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    Problems, religion, plan to fix problems by appealing to wealthy to help poor, founding extension society
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    Discussion about two side effects of extension society, months in Rome, editing a magazine. Editorials and interviewers, wide range of contacts with important people, key opinion of the public. Conflict with church
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    Initiation into inner workings of catholic church at highest level, time in Rome, mission, roman structure, continuing controlling manners of church, Propaganda College
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    Kelley’s dream of highly integrated church in America, extension work, appointment of Kelley to official representative or Mexican bishops in exile, release of vicious persecution against religious by Mexico
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    Talking about power, book Blood Drenched Altars, terrible happenings of aztec civilization, terrible impact by Western civilization, third coincidence
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    Squeal
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    French revolution first of huge earthquake, disaffection, disillusion, aristocracy, age of average man, liberalism, christianity, religion replaced by reason, age of enlightenment devastating, political consequences
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    Reform needed, corruption in the church, Italy, inscriptions, earlier Popes known as grand generals, revolutionary forces, making forces similar to international brigade, city fell, set up kingdom in Italy Victor Emmanuel, protest by the pope
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    Summary of talk ahead
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    Kelley a true Celt grandparents coming from Ireland, love for French Canada, experience in Mexico, hatred with war, opposed to US entry in WWI, peace conference, Kelley angry. Intense campaign of opposition, Kelley prevailed and article was removed, side issues by coincidences, thought Germany was picked as scapegoat. Side issues, the roman question and Irish problem, Italian president wasnt resolved-talked about and lay dormant another 10 years
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    Kelley met Cardinal Bourne, his intervention changing opinions.
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    Kelley befriended man who wrote constitution, a literary critic. Never content about routine running of things-brought in evening mass, vernacular in liturgy.
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    Intensely personal, knew power of structure, wrote 16 book. Talk about arts, reading sample from books
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    Father Art OShea wrote a biography of A.E. Burke, was great friends with Kelley, correspondence between them entertaining. Comment from Cardinal Samuel Stritch tribute to Kelley-reading
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    Lecture ends, applause
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    Questions-story of going to Detroit, land in Summerfield is, life in Oklahoma, Kelleys family, attitude towards Native Americans and assimilation
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    Final comments, applause