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Moral monopoly : the Catholic Church in modern Irish society /
Tom Inglis.
Dublin : Gill and Macmillan ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987.
251 p. ; 23 cm.
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Dublin : Gill and Macmillan ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987.
0312005199 (St. Martin's Press) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 228-245.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-06:
The strength of Irish adherence to the doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church are legendary. Similarly, the church is a social organization of great visibility and power in Ireland today. Its priests, brothers, and nuns operate most of the country's schools, hospitals, and social welfare agencies, while numerous Catholic lay organizations are involved in everything from the Boy Scouts to the Pioneer Total Abstinence Society. The church gained its dominant position in Irish life during the ``long nineteenth century of Catholicism,'' when significant gains were made in landholdings, education, and freedom of worship under the English State. Inglis argues that the poorer classes became civilized and moralized through adoption of a puritanical ethos that profoundly affected their whole way of life, from their beliefs about sin and sexuality, marriage and family form, to their ideas concerning work and material possessions. The clergy in their pulpits, confessionals, and schoolrooms, and the Irish mother in her cabin were the agents of change in this cultural and moral revolution. It is only since the 1960s that Ireland's long-delayed industrialization, influence of the media, and a growing materialism and individuality have begun to erode the church's dominance. College, university, and public libraries.-R.N. Lynch, University of Rhode Island
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