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The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08L4DPPYD
- Publisher : Penguin (March 18, 2021)
- Publication date : March 18, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1552 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1844885267
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #695,501 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author asks many questions throughout the book which make us consider why Ireland became so controlled by the Church in the first place, the various governments and their role in the continued upholding of a national faith, the many scandals and how the Irish people need to consider their involvement in those abuses. It doesn't accept a black and white argument.
The author shows how he struggles with the many questions asked and how so many people that he looked to for answers, gave a mixture of emotions when asked.
The one thing the book does not consider is the actual belief system and the many merits of that actual faith. Yes the author is right to discuss rules and obedience but falls short in actually discussing the mysteries of the faith and why it attracts people. He does make the point that many people need spirituality of sorts but does not discuss it in enough detail. I think that is necessary if you are going to ask why people continue to believe even when they are horrified at the behaviour of an institution they are part of.
That aside its a well written book, albeit it's distressing in parts. It makes people ask themselves what their role was and how history could have been different if they had acted differently.
Having finished, now I'm left with several questions..........mainly related to society and how it behaved, or worse, ignored/chose not to see how Ireland's citizen's were treated/mistreated.
How ignorant are we, the Irish Catholics.