Casey’s role in freeing Ireland from ecclesiastical grip

Casey’s role in freeing Ireland from ecclesiastical grip

Irish citizens under 40 don’t really know how suffocatingly oppressive had been the control exercised by the Catholic Church

The British politician and prodigious author Roy Hattersley, in his new book The Catholics, traces the history of Catholicism in Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to modern times. In it he reveals that he is the son of a Catholic priest, something he only discovered after his father’s funeral when he learned that, after presiding at a wedding in the local village, his father had eloped with the bride a few weeks later. The news came as something of a shock.

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