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The Vatican, the Bishops and Irish Politics…

The Vatican, the Bishops and Irish Politics 1919-39

by Dermot Keogh

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This is an important book which critically examines the complex and disparate relatiions between the Vatican, Irish bishops and Irish governments pre and post independence. The disparate relations among the Irish bishops and other senior clerics is explained for the first time. How this influenced critical incidents in church-state and Irish-Vatican relations is also explored thoroughly. The book is well worth investing in together with Whyte's thesis on church state relations and Cooney's book on McQuaid. ( )
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A detailed study of the political relations between church and state in modern Ireland, this work is also an analysis of domestic politics within the context of Anglo-Vatican relations. Dealing exclusively with high ecclesiastical politics, it assesses the relative political strength of both the British and the Irish at the Vatican and challenges 'the myth of English dominance over the Papacy'. Dermot Keogh traces the 'quiet diplomacy' of bishops, politicians and the Vatican from the turbulent years of 1919-21, through the civil war period and the rule of William T. Cosgrove and Cumann na nGaedheal, to the re-emergence of Eamon de Valera and Fianna Fail as exponents of Catholic nationalism in the 1930s. The book draws extensively on unpublished documents and, for the first time, explores with the aid of primary sources the exchanges between bishops, politicians and the Vatican over a twenty-year period. It is an important contribution to the history of modern Ireland, Irish-Vatican and Anglo-Vatican relations, whose findings will lead to a radical revision of interpretations of Irish church-state relations.

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