seaJane, on 02 May 2012 - 11:45 AM, said:
the Navy List seems to include only the top-level RC chaplain in its listings and none of the others!
The position of Roman Catholic chaplains in the Royal Navy of WWI was not the same as that of their Anglican brethren
from The Cross on the Sword
by Johnstone & Hagerty
“In the new circumstances of [RC] chaplains at sea, it became painfully apparent to Catholic priests serving afloat how different their status was compared to Church of England chaplains, who ranked with other commissioned officers. Fr. Bradley went further than any other naval chaplain explaining to Westminster [the arch-diocese] the injustice of their position. Fr. Bradley wrote of the 'sufferance' under which he laboured and stressed the need to have Catholic chaplains on a secure commissioned basis. Although he explained he was not interested in pay, per se, Fr. Bradley told how he was paid in a different way to officers and Anglican chaplains. He was not on the ship's books and therefore 'cannot purchase things from the paymaster's stores in my own name'. He pointed out that he would get no compensation if wounded or invalided out. Bradley also drew attention to the iniquity of the system whereby Catholic chaplains could not be awarded decorations reserved for officers – and gives an example. He writes that Admiral Beatty was in favour of commissioning Catholic chaplains and pointed out that Fr. Patrick Gibbons held a commission in the Royal Australian Navy.”
Phelan is mentioned in the above book – see p.64
"There were no fewer than six Catholic priests present at the Battle of Jutland: Frs Thomas Bradley, Tiger
; William Driscoll, Natal
; Patrick Gibbons, HMAS Australia
; William Meagher, Bellerophon
; Stewart Phelan OMI, Black Prince
; and Anthony Pollen in Warspite
. In the course of the battle HMS Black Prince
was sunk and Fr. Phelan was listed as missing presumed drowned. He became the second Catholic naval chaplain to die in the war.”
edit to add further details also from Johnstone & Hagerty
On 2 August 1918 full-time naval officiating chaplains became 'Acting Roman Catholic Chaplains'
In 1921 Acting Chaplains were gazetted as Temporary Chaplains
17 November 1943 they became Roman Catholic Chaplains, Royal Navy
Edited by michaeldr, 02 May 2012 - 12:58 PM.