CATHOLIC TERROR IN IRELAND Paperback – 1988
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No major flaws I almost could have said "like new" except for slight wear to covers. No markings or highlighting on pages.
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The chapter on Ireland's history is excellent for framing the 'modern' conflict. A great irony of the religious drive powering the Southern groups is the Papacy helped invade and sell Ireland in the 12th century to the future bastion of Protestantism!
Details of key events with photographs give the reader an appreciation for the time.
But for Catholicism's freedom-suppressing nature and bigotry, unification would have been a fait accompli long ago. The Protestant motto 'Home Rule is Rome Rule' reflected the fact Irish nationalism was a facade for Roman Catholicism.
The author has a talent for recognising and communicating a situation's politics e.g.
-With Ulster resistance strong the Vatican is forced to act from the shadows, lest her outward facade of ecumenism be exposed.
-A key demographic was promoting 'vociferous enthusiasm of brainless students and good-for-nothings' in North and South.
-Minorities have always been more representative than majorities regarding certain pertinent issues and are 'concrete expressions of immediate passions'.
A picture slowly emerges of the Catholic Church as the subtle instigator of violence in Ireland. Proof positive is found in what she has not done-forbid violence by the faithful. Such power is clearly available as shown in her raising Mussolini and Hitler to power, also preventing Italians voting for Communism post WWII.
This book is a small stifled voice on the Irish situation.
He says, "Civil war loomed (in 1914), even before Ireland had been granted independence. While it is true that the primary cause of the gap was religion, a form of racialism which had been grafted into it had made the whole problem even more intractable. The Northern Irish consider themselves different from those of the South, being in fact, of Scot and English descent." (Pg. 14-15)
He suggests, "Throughout the tragic events of the seventies, the Vatican presented an appearance of aloofness. Although the Catholic Church was occasionally mentioned, either as a villain or as a victim, she was never seriously accused of being the main promoter of the civil disorders. The unrest always appeared to be inspired by social grievances and the nationalistic aspirations of Catholics, acting as citizens longing for the reunification of Ireland. Despite her coyness, the Catholic Church wa once more at the center of the Irish tragedy, as she had always been in the past." (Pg. 43-44)
He argues, "'True Irish' are Catholic Celts, who are mainly in the South. The 'alien race' are the Scots and the English who were 'planted' there mostly during the 17th and 18th centuries by various Protestant rulers. In other words, the Protestant settlers would include all their descendants, or practically the whole Protestant population of Northern Ireland. The Southern Catholic anatagonism against the Ulster Protestants, therefore, is not only politico-religious, it is also racial." (Pg. 106)
He admits, "Objections may be raised that the I.R.A. is not representative of the thinking of the majority of Irishmen and that it has nothing to do with ideological problems. It may also be argued that it is but a tiny minority, which may be correct. Minorities, however, have always been more representative than the majorities regarding certain pertinent issues. Also, being the concrete expression of immediate passions, they are the most tangible evidence of the urges, divisions and frustrations present in a society... To take a para-military organization as a example of the coming ideological transformation might not seem justifiable. Yet, as an extreme, vocal and energetic sample of Irish nationalism and mostly devoted to military objectives, it, perhaps more than any other institution, can tell the disturbing tale of the conflicting forces in the Catholic-Protestant, Free State-Ulster conflict." (Pg. 116)
He concludes, "The fact that Catholic Ireland is determined to incorporate the Protestant population of Ulster against their expressed will is the most blatant proof that both the Catholic Free State and its mentor, the Catholic Church, DO NOT believe in freedom. This cannot be otherwise since they basic attitude of the Catholic Church will always remain the same. Her goal is freedom for her to exist, expand and destroy others when she is not in a Catholic land. When in a Catholic society, her goal is the complete removal of all freedoms to non-Catholics." (Pg. 124)
Quite a bit out of date, this book will nowadays interest probably only the more staunch critics of the Catholic Church (such as Jack Chick).