31st December 2018

“Two events heralded the death knell for what has been referred to many times as 'the long 19th century of the Irish Catholic Church.' Those were the Second Vatican Council, when things apparently immutable for all time were seemingly changed overnight, and the introduction of free second-level education as well as the introduction of state university grants in 1967. Both produced skeptical Irish Catholics, less credulous than previous generations and demanding more sophisticated answers to age-old questions.”

Patsy McGarry