The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984 Page: 116
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At the last he began to fall out with the liberal priests he himself had
first sent into battle against establishment figures. It was more a matter
of what Lucey thought was priestly discipline than isolated, conserva-
tive-versus-liberal philosophical conflicts over economics. With Presi-
dent Lyndon B. Johnson repeatedly seeking his help and constantly
flattering him, Lucey became a hawk over the Vietnam War.
On September 16, 1968, some fifty priests signed a letter to the Apos-
tolic Delegate asking that the archbishop be retired. After some super-
ficial face-saving maneuvers, Lucey stepped down in May of 1969. The
archbishop died on August 1, 1977, insisting to the end that "fighting
for the poor leaves no room for regrets" (p. 163). When it came to the
poor, Lucey was, indeed, an excellent man. The book about him by
Bronder should be read.
San Antonio MAURY MAVERICK, JR.
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