Celtic Crossroads

Ireland’s New Model Of Church-State Relations

During a parliamentary debate this summer over the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual-abuse allegations, Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, railed against the “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, and narcissism” of the Vatican—strong words from any head of government, and unprecedented in Ireland. Kenny’s blistering criticism may provide a chance for a needed recasting of Irish church-state relations.

As Ireland stumbles...

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David T. Buckley is a doctoral candidate in government at Georgetown University.