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Denis Hurley - Who was he?

DENIS HURLEY was a courageous opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime for 50 years, dubbed "an ecclesiastical Che Guevara" by a South African official and "guardian of the light" by Alan Paton. He was a champion of the reforms and "spirit" of Vatican II, who was controversial for his views on birth control, married priests, and women's ordination. Born in Cape Town in 1915 of Irish parents, he became the youngest Catholic bishop in the world in 1947 at 31 and archbishop of Durban in 1951. He retired as archbishop in 1992, becoming chancellor of the University of Natal from 1993 to 1998. He continued to work as a parish priest well into his eighties. His career as an outspoken opponent of apartheid began in 1951 when, as chairman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, he drafted the fi rst of the ground-breaking pastoral letters in which the bishops denounced apartheid as "blasphemy" and "intrinsically evil." Eventually, along with four other church leaders (including Desmond Tutu), he was regarded as one of the South African state's "most wanted" political opponents. In 1984 he was charged with making false statements about a counter-insurgency unit in Namibia, but the prosecutor dropped the charges when it became clear that Hurley would be able to prove the truth of his statements. He received many death threats and on one occasion his house was petrol bombed.

 
 For more information about the life and work of Denis Hurley  - www.archbishopdenishurley.org
 
 

 "Guardian of the light: Denis Hurley - Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid" by Paddy Kearney, published by Continuum of New York and London and co-published by the UKZN Press, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.To purchase a copy, contact Hester Joseph: 0027 31-3103521. South African price R275 + R25 for postage. hester.joseph@diakonia.org.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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"Memories-the Memoirs of the Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI", available from Cluster Publications, Pietermaritzburg: cluster@essa.ac.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Phone: 0027 33-3459897

 "Denis Hurley: A Portrait by Friends", edited by Anthony M Gamley, published by Cluster Publications, see details above.

"Vatican 2: Keeping the Deam Alive" by Denis Hurley OMI, Published by Cluster.

 

 

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