Sons of Saint Patrick (Hardcover)
A History of the Archbishops of New York from Dagger John to Timmytown
Ignatius Press, 9781621641131, 506pp.
Publication Date: February 15, 2017
Sons of Saint Patrick tells the story of America's premiere Catholic see, the archdiocese of New York—from the coming of French Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century to the early years of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. It includes many intriguing facets of the history of Catholicism in New York, including:
- the early persecution of and legal discrimination against Catholics
- the waves of catholic immigrants, most notably from Ireland
- the Church's rise to power under New York's first archbishop, "Dagger" John Hughes
- the emerging awareness in the Vatican of New York's preeminence
- the clashes between America and Rome over the "Americanist" heresy
- the role New York's archbishops have played in the life of America's greatest city—and in the world
The book focuses on the ten archbishops of New York and shows how they became the indispensable partners of governors and presidents, especially during the war-torn twentieth century. Also discussed are the struggles of the most recent archbishops in the face of demographic changes, financial crises, and clerical sex-abuse cases.
Sons of Saint Patrick is an objective but colorful portrait of ten extraordinary men—men who were saints and sinners, politicians and pastors, and movers and shakers who as much as any other citizens have made New York one of the greatest cities in the world. All ten archbishops have been Irish, either by birth or heritage, but given New York's changing ethnic profile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan may be the last son of Saint Patrick to serve as its archbishop.
About the Author
George J. Marlin is Chairman of Aid to the Church in Need U.S.A., an agency under the guidance of the pope. A former Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he is a contributing editor to the Catholic Thing, an online publication. Marlin is the author or editor of twelve books including The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact and Fighting the Good Fight: A History of the New York Conservative Party. His more than 450 articles have appeared in over two dozen periodicals including the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Washington Times and National Review. His most recent book is Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy.
Brad Miner is Senior Fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and Senior Editor of the Catholic Thing. He is the author of six books, including The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia and The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry. Mr. Miner is the author of scores of magazine and newspaper articles that have been published in Publishers Weekly, National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Crisis, Newsmax, the University Bookman, and First Things, among others. A number of his recent essays appear in The Catholic Thing: Five Years of a Singular Website, an anthology published in 2013.