One of the most remarkable aspects of the Catholic story in Ireland is its recent transformation from the country with perhaps the highest rate of Catholic practice to a country where Catholic life is spoken about in the past tense. Many Irish under age 60 identify themselves as “Catholic but not religious.” In very many ways, Ireland looks fairly secular today, but no one disputes the emphasis on sacraments, and devotional qualities of Irish Catholicism endure today.
In the News
- Ireland tells state-run schools: Stop steering pupils to religion class - New York Times - February 21, 2018
- Catholic Church’s hold on schools at issue in changing Ireland - New York Times - January 21, 2016
- Catholic Church ponders future after same-sex marriage vote in Ireland - The New York Times - May 24, 2015
- Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote puts the Catholic Church on the defensive - Public Radio International - May 21, 2015
- Everything you need to know about Ireland's disaffected Catholics - The Week - June 28, 2014