1st July – St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr.

Fr Morty O'Shea

Today I’m attending the pro-life Rally in Dublin.

Saint_Oliver_PlunkettToday is also the memorial of St Oliver Plunkett (*1625 +1681) and it is fitting to remember his heroic life. He was archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland from 1668, at a time when the country was in a state of civil and religious disorder after the interventions of Oliver Cromwell. He persevered for ten years in his effort to ameliorate this state of affairs, until the discovery of a non-existent “Popish Plot” against the English government (invented and revealed by Titus Oates, who implicated many before he was executed for his part in it) gave the authorities an excuse to act against many prominent Catholics. Plunkett was arrested in Ireland but taken to London for trial; one of his companions was saved by being appointed as Bavarian Ambassador to London and therefore acquiring diplomatic immunity, but for Plunkett there…

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