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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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Ballyboden Parish Pastoral Council

Ballyboden Parish Pastoral Council

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the findings from a case study of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) in Ballyboden, Dublin. It includes a history of the parish and its PPC, and explains how the PPC is an expression of extra-institutional religion. Ballyboden parishioners distinguish between the ‘institutional’ and the local church, speak of their concerns about a lost generation of Irish Catholics, and share their hopes for the Irish Catholic Church in fifty years’ time. They are painfully aware of the shortcomings of the Irish Catholic Church, are reluctant to articulate grand visions for the church, and are not convinced that their own personal, individual transformations can contribute to far-reaching change. Yet they locate their hope for the future of the church in the laity at the grassroots and good local priests—people they believe are living out the gospel despite the institutional church.

Keywords:   Parish Pastoral Councils, extra-institutional religion, institutional church, Irish Catholic Church, individual transformation

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