Cardinal O'Connor, R.I.P.

John Dubois (1764-1842), the only non-Irish bishop to lead the church in New York, is buried beneath the entrance to Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan. Dubois’s tenure as bishop was stormy, and he battled his mostly Irish congregants on many issues, including the ownership of parishes and the appointment of priests. Often he lost. "They walked over me in life," Dubois is supposed to have said about his burial plot. "Let...

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