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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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Dethroning Irish Catholicism: Church, State and modernity in contemporary Ireland

Dethroning Irish Catholicism: Church, State and modernity in contemporary Ireland

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Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism
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David Carroll Cochran

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526101068.003.0004

Using Charles Taylor’s A Catholic Modernity? as its starting point, David Cochrane explores the evolving role of Catholicism in Ireland over the last half century and concludes that the disentangling of the Church from the dominant political and cultural institutions of society has paradoxically extended many of the very values Catholicism celebrates. Due to the severing of its close traditional connection to the State, the Church has rediscovered its original mission to provide a prophetic spiritual voice, especially in favour of the poor, and to align itself more closely with the concerns of its founder, Jesus Christ.

Keywords:   Modernity, Secularism, Prophetic voice

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