Thursday 22 March 2018

A line has been drawn: church can no longer influence laws

John Downing

John Downing

{ When we are given advice or warnings by the authoritative people in the Catholic Church, on matters strictly confined to faith and morals, so long as I am here – and I am sure I speak for my colleagues – I will give to their directions our complete obedience and allegiance." Taoiseach John A Costello, April 12, 1951

{ I am proud to stand here as a public representative, as a Taoiseach who happens to be a Catholic, but not a Catholic Taoiseach. I'm a Taoiseach for all the people." Taoiseach Enda Kenny, June 12, 2013

SIX decades separate the two quotes cited above and comparisons should be treated with some care. That said, Enda Kenny's comments break new ground in unambiguously setting limits on Irish church-state relations.

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