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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Reconciling Diversity?

Reconciling Diversity?

(p.54) 3 Reconciling Diversity?
Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the results of island-wide surveys of clergy/faith leaders and laity, which focused on diversity, reconciliation, and ecumenism. The surveys explored questions like how are faith communities negotiating the island’s new-found level of diversity? In light of the island’s history of sectarianism and division, how are they promoting reconciliation (or not)? The results demonstrate dissatisfaction with faith communities’ responses to diversity, residual suspicion and hostility towards reconciliation and ecumenism, and a lack of time for reconciliatory and ecumenical activity, even among the most committed. While some examples of good practice are identified, the overall picture seems to be one in which faith communities struggle to negotiate diversity, and to promote reconciliation or ecumenism. Given that the survey responses came primarily from people from within traditional Christian denominations, it could be concluded that these institutions are not particularly well equipped to cope with changes in the island’s religious landscape.

Keywords:   diversity, reconciliation, ecumenism, sectarianism, surveys

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