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Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish CatholicismFrom Galway to Cloyne and Beyond$
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Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526101068

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526101068.001.0001

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Revisiting the faith of our fathers … and reimagining its relevance in the context of twenty-first-century Ireland

Revisiting the faith of our fathers … and reimagining its relevance in the context of twenty-first-century Ireland

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(p.38) 2 Revisiting the faith of our fathers … and reimagining its relevance in the context of twenty-first-century Ireland
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Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism
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Louise Fuller

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526101068.003.0003

Louise Fuller claims that there can be no doubt that Irish Catholicism is in serious decline. The decline itself is no huge surprise: it is the extent of the implosion and the consequences this has had on Irish society that require explanation. The ‘aggressive secularism’ that is now commonplace has led to a situation where it has become extremely difficult to express a Catholic viewpoint in the public arena, a situation that is as unhealthy in its own way as the theocracy that dominated for far too long in Ireland. Major changes in how it communicates the Word of God will be necessary if the Church is to have any hope of reengaging the minds and hearts of a population that is becoming theologically illiterate and indifferent to religious observance of any type.

Keywords:   Secularism, Theocracy, Theological illiteracy

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