Letter of Arthur Canon S. Griffin to The Cork Examiner (15/10/1877)
"THE LATE BISHOP OF KERRY AND THE TIMES
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXMINER The Palace, Killarney, Oct 12,1877
Dear Sir - I sent the accompanying letter to the editor of the Times in reference to an article published by him on the late Most Rev. Dr. Moriarty, and as he has not had the courtesy of publishing it during the week, I shall feel obliged by your giving it space in your columns on Monday next. It is bad enough to make misstatements about a distinguished prelate who is silent in his grave, but to refuse inserting a contradiction of them is worse than calumnious. There were many other misstatements in the Times', besides the two I refer to, but Dr. Moriarty's devotion to the Church in which he was so bright an ornament, and so devoted to the venerable successor of St. Peter, is so well known, I considered it superfluous to utter a word of defence or explanation. As a proof of his love and veneration for our glorious Pontiff Pius IX, his last public act was to send an address (written as he knew how to write one) and an offering of £1,000 from the clergy and faithful people of the diocese -I remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully.
ARTHUR CANON S. GRIFFIN
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES The Palace, Killarney October 6t h , 1877
Sir - In your article on the late lamented Dr. Moriarty, Bishop of Kerry, you have gone a little astray on one or two points. He never advocated mixed education. He accepted the "national system" because he believed it preferable to little or no education, which would be the result of refusing it, in consequence of the poverty of his diocese; but at all times, especially at his Diocesan Synod, he warned his clergy, who are, in nearly every parish, managers of the schools, to use their utmost vigilance over the teaching and moral conduct of the teachers; in fact, he demanded from them a strict observance of the Decrees of the Synods of Thurles and Maynooth, which obliges the clergy to visit their schools at least once a week. And when the Protestant Bishop of the Diocese, in a charge to his clergy, warned them of the danger incurred by Protestant children who attended schools under Catholic management, especially convent schools, he directed me to preserve the journal in which his Lordship's charge appeared, in order that he may be able to show, if necessity arose, that Protestant Prelates had the same view on the great question of education as he and the other Catholic Bishops of Ireland maintained.
In my presence, he unhesitatingly refused parents permission to send their children to the Queen's Colleges.
When Mr. Gladstone's statement on the University Bill appeared in the public journals, he was suffering from a severe cold, and asked me to read it out to him, and after listening attentively and desiring me to repeat several passages, he said he hoped a good bill would follow. But when he saw the bill in print, he said, "It will not be read a