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Oliver P. Rafferty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001

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Irish identity and the future of Catholicism

Irish identity and the future of Catholicism

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Irish Catholic Identities

Niall Coll

Manchester University Press

The Catholic faith is no longer regarded as an essential component in what it means to be Irish. This has been a gradual processes over fifty years but has been exacerbated by the recent sexual abuse scandals. However, the dissonance between Catholic and Irish has many complex strands and this chapter sets out a number of these. The question arises, can Catholicism contribute anything to the future of Irish society and identity? It is argued here that if it is to have a role then the church must reform itself and have a greater role for the laity. It is also suggested that its activity as a service provider in the areas of education, social welfare and health care, will ensure that the church can in some way continue to speak to Irish society and help to shape Irish identity well into the future.

Keywords:   Scandals feminism Vatican II service laity

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