In 1920 James Liston became the coadjutor (assistant) to the Catholic bishop of Auckland, Henry Cleary. In a St Patrick's Day address in 1922 he questioned the Anglo-Irish treaty and described the Irish rebels of 1916 as having been 'murdered by foreign troops' (meaning British troops). There was a public outcry and Liston was unsuccessfully prosecuted for making seditious utterances. In 1929 he became bishop of Auckland, a role he would hold for more than 40 years.
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Reference: New Zealand Observer, 27 May 1922, p. 5
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