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Faithful to SecularismThe Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines$
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David T. Buckley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

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Secular Emergence in Ireland

Secular Emergence in Ireland

Home Rule and Rome Rule?

(p.42) 2. Secular Emergence in Ireland
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How did Ireland arrive at the twin tolerations after independence from British colonial rule? This chapter the existence of benevolent secularism in the Irish Constitution of 1937, and traces its impact on Ireland’s Catholic majority, religious minorities, and secular elites. Evidence draws on communication between political and religious elites during the drafting of the 1937 Constitution, with special attention to communication between Éamon de Valera and Catholic, Protestant and Jewish elites. The chapter closes with an examination of weaknesses in Irish benevolent secularism manifested in the “Mother and Child” controversy.

Keywords:   Ireland, 1937 Constitution, Vatican, Éamon de Valera, John Charles McQuaid, Mother and Child Crisis

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