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Eamon Maher- New York Times Article

 Can Ireland Be Catholic Without the Church? By Eamon Maher

 Mr. Maher is the co-editor, most recently, of “Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond.”

 May 26, 2018


DUBLIN — Shortly before he died in 1989, the novelist John Broderick was asked by an interviewer what it meant to be Roman Catholic and Irish. “Anyone who is reared in a Catholic atmosphere,” he replied, “takes in that Catholic atmosphere more or less through their pores.” That we are a few decades removed from 1989 is clear enough. It became more so on Friday, when Ireland voted resoundingly to overturn its 35-year-old constitutional ban on abortion. And yet it takes more than one vote, or even two or three, to reverse that kind of osmosis.

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