Gibson, Edward. 'On religious toleration for criminals'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IV Part XXXIV, 1867, pp443-445
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. IV Part XXXIV 1867
My object is indicated by the
title of my paper. I wish for an enquiry into the extent and limits
of religious toleration afforded to criminals in Ireland. It is not
many years since the Protestant prisoner alone was permitted to receive
the ministrations of his clergy within the walls of that jail in
which, if the criminal should be punished, he should assuredly be
permitted, after his own fashion, to pray to his God for penitence.
That exclusive system was abandoned in deference to the imperious
demand of a more enlightened age, and now the doors of the Irish
convict prisons are freely open to admit Roman Catholic and Presbyterian
chaplains. But there are other forms of religious belief
besides the Protestant, the Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian; and
there are, unfortunately, some who have no belief at all; and my
present object is to draw attention to the discipline to which those
who do not conform to any of the favoured religions are subjected in
the convict prisons of Ireland.
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