HC Deb 01 February 1900 vol 78 cc269-70

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the reasons that dictated the refusal of the application of His Eminence Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, that a recognised Roman Catholic chaplain should accompany the Australian military contingent to South Africa, as was done in the case of the Australian contingent that was despatched by the Right Hon. W. B. Dalley to the Soudan in 1885.


The New South Wales Ministers asked whether Church of England and Roman Catholic Army chaplains could be sent with the troops or whether there are sufficient Army chaplains accompanying the British troops. The War Office, whilst expressing their appreciation of the offer, replied that a sufficient number of commissioned Army chaplains, including Roman Catholic, had already been detailed for service in South Africa.