A matter of faith: The decline of Catholic Ireland
Some commentators have portrayed the removal of the Eighth Amendment as part of a war of cultures in which conservative values in Ireland have been the main loser. But that interpretation ignores the complexity of a country that remains Catholic in many ways
A couple of days after the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, I found myself in a church in Dublin as the latest edition of the free Catholic newspaper, Alive!, was delivered. The headline on the editorial was to the point: “We’re at war,” it said.
“The secularists, in general, know they are at war, who the enemy is, and that it must be first restricted and then destroyed,” it continued. The Catholics, meanwhile,...
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