Australian Catholic Bishops and the First Vatican Council 1869 – 1870


An Historical Reflection

By: Peter Price
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions:148mm x 210mm

printable order form

Australian Catholic Bishops and the First Vatican Council 1869-70 describes in fascinating detail the intellectual challenges and multiple social pressures Catholicism was facing from the Enlightenment and Liberal Democratic processes – ideas that successive Popes had condemned, seeing these as part of a determination to destroy traditional Catholicism from within. The book is more than a history. It is a reflection on the processes within the Council, where infallibility rather than primacy was the focus of much of the debate, and the outcome was the Council’s institutionalisation of a monarchical Church, a model accepted and celebrated in Australia, with effects lasting even to our own times.

Additional information

Dimensions 210 × 148 mm



Peter Price


Morning Star Publishing


148mm x 210mm



About the author

Peter Price gained his Phd in History at Monash University in 2010 where his thesis considered English responses to the First Vatican Council. He has been a senior lecturer in Church History at Yarra Theological Union and is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Monash University in Melbourne. Peter is married to Judy, with three adult family members and five grandchildren.