1812-1855; b. England; ed. Quaker school; converted to Catholicism, 1839;
fnd. The Tablet, 1840; brought his paper to Ireland, 1849; fnd.
with Charles Gavan Duffy the Tenant League, 1850; friend of John Henry
Newman, though his temper and politics alienated Archbishop Cullen; Meath
MP, 1852, backed by Cullen; appealed in Rome against Cullens influence
following loss of Louth election; interview with the Pope, 9 Jan. 1855;
acrimonious exchange with Cullen in Rome, 24 Jan.; second interview with
Pope abetted by Archbishop MacHale, 26 Feb.; died of heart attack in Rome.
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Edward Lucas, The Life of Frederick Lucas, MP, 2 vols. (1887);
also John J. Horgan, Frederick Lucas, in Great Catholic
Laymen (CTS 1908).
In Ireland the priests have a peculiar function to perform ...Between
them and the people religion is not a gulf of separation, but a bond of
tenderest union. They belong to the same race as the people, a feel for
all their sufferings, temporal as well as spiritual. At the same time,
the sacerdotal character, the higher view of life, the greater experience
of the world, the more cultivated intellect, raise them above the rank
in which they were born; and as they form the only educated class which
truly sympathises with the people, they necessarily form the only class
to whom, in those temporal matters in which the poor Catholic farmers
require an adviser better educated than himself, he can have recourse,
and from whom he can receive guidance. (Cited in Malcolm Brown, Politics of Irish Literature, 1972, p.31.)