Article of faith
In Joe Foyle's thought-provoking book, 'Succeed Despite Greed', he quotes both the Taoiseach's and the President's statements on their personal Catholicism in a formal sense. The Enda Kenny quotation is:
"I am a spiritual person. I attend Catholic ceremonies. So, when you say to me 'Are you a practising Catholic?' I wouldn't know what it was. I don't believe in Heaven or Hell. What I think about it is that they don't enter into my thinking very much. Does life end in the physical moment of death? We'll continue to speculate on it, but I think that there is a spiritual dimension to our existence that is not turned into physicality. That's as far as I would go.''
President Michael D Higgins is slightly more pragmatic: