Monday 18 December 2017

Mary Kenny: The day Luther came in from cold and nuns threw off their wimples

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

When Dr Douglas Hyde died in 1949, Irish Catholics did not venture inside the Pepper Canister Church

THE liberalisation of Ireland really began 50 years ago, with the launch of Vatican II, when Pope John XXIII opened the Vatican Council whose purpose was to renew the Catholic Church, and indeed, modernise it.

The trendy word was 'aggiornamento' -- bringing things up to date -- and it was, believe it or not, widely used in the inns and taverns of Ireland wherever lively conversationalists gathered.

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