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Church, State and Social Science in IrelandKnowledge Institutions and the Rebalancing of Power, 1937-73$
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Peter Murray and Maria Feeny

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100788

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100788.001.0001

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Sociology and the Catholic social movement in an independent Irish state

Sociology and the Catholic social movement in an independent Irish state

(p.32) 2 Sociology and the Catholic social movement in an independent Irish state
Church, State and Social Science in Ireland

Peter Murray

Maria Feeney

Manchester University Press

A key reason why the Irish Catholic social movement failed to realize its project of reconstruction was because a conservative Hierarchy baulked at the radicalism of some of its proposals. Critiques of banking and finance capital formulated within the movement were particularly divisive and on these issues ecclesiastical disciplinary mechanisms were invoked to silence some of its radical voices. During the Second World War/Emergency period communist influence became the movement’s overriding concern and Catholic adult education initiatives were launched to counter this threat. To provide such education a number of new institutions with a social science focus – the Catholic Workers College and the Dublin Institute of Catholic Sociology – were created alongside the colleges of the National University of Ireland.

Keywords:   Church conservatism, Church radicalism, Banking and finance, Ecclesiastical censorship, Communism, Adult education

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