Sunday, December 8, 2019

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy – Saint of the Day – 25 October

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy Biography

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy Profile. Born: 1455 AD in Ireland, Europe. Worked in Italy. Died: October, 25, 1492 in Ivrea, Italy. Feast Day is celebrated on 25 October.

The Memorial of Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy – Saint of the Day

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 1455 AD
Country of Birth Ireland in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Blesseds who were Bishops
Profession missionary
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death October, 25, 1492
Place of Death Ivrea, Italy
Feast Day 25 October
Beatification Beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1896
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
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Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy Biography

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy was also known as Taddeo Macha. He was the Son of the Lord of Muskerry, Ireland and grandson of the Lord of Kerry, Ireland. Macha was educated by the Franciscans at Timoleague,at the University of Paris, and in Rome, Italy. He was a Priest and later became Bishop of Ross, Ireland in 1482. when he arrived in Ross he found that Bishop Hugh O’Driscoll was still alive and holding the see. Because of the political intrigues of the time, and the fact that people were not above falsley reporting the bishop‘s death0 or sending an imposter to take his place, years of disputes broke out over the appointment, and Thaddeus never did assume his position. At one point he was excommunicated by Pope Sixtus IV, had the excommunication confirmed by Pope Innocent VIII, and charged with fraud; he was cleared of all charges, civil and ecclesiastic, and the excommunition revoked.

He became Bishop of Cork and Cloyne, Ireland on 21 April 1490. When he arrived he found that locals had chosen Gerald FitzGerald as bishop, and for political reasons there were armed supporters in the cathedral to prevent Thaddeus from assuming control. Thaddeus appealed to the Pope, and had his support, but without armed supporters he travelled for a while as a pilgrim to holy sites. He died while on the road. The title White Martyr of Munster commemorates the mental and physical anguish he suffered while trying to do the Church‘s work.