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date: 05 June 2020

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This article examines Catholic sermons in the eighteenth century. Published Catholic sermons were extremely rare in the years after the Revolution, with only one appearing to have survived—a sermon for Corpus Christi published in London in 1695. The passage of two Catholic Relief Acts for England in 1778 and 1791, and similar Acts for Ireland and Scotland, provided Catholics some degree of religious toleration, which led to the publication of additional sermons. Sermons also reflected the tensions within the Catholic community, between those who were willing to cooperate with the English establishment in exchange for further relief measures and those opposed to any surrender of Catholic principles.

Keywords: Catholics, sermons, preaching, Catholic Relief Acts

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