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The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-1998$
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Margaret M. Scull

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843214.001.0001

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‘The Demands of Justice Must be Stated before the Words of Peace Find a Receptive Ground, 1972–1976’

‘The Demands of Justice Must be Stated before the Words of Peace Find a Receptive Ground, 1972–1976’

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(p.61) 2 ‘The Demands of Justice Must be Stated before the Words of Peace Find a Receptive Ground, 1972–1976’
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The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-1998
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Margaret M. Scull

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843214.003.0002

These years mark the bloodiest of the conflict with the highest number of deaths. Priests, women religious, and the Irish Catholic hierarchy continued to find their voice in condemning violence and, in private moments, acted as mediators between the British government and republican paramilitary groups. However, ecumenical efforts between Protestant and Catholic Church leaders at this time remained limited. The English Catholic Church hierarchy began to publicly condemn republican paramilitaries as the IRA started to bomb England. The death of IRA member James McDade, after a bomb he planted in Coventry exploded prematurely, marked the first major schism between English and Irish Catholic Church doctrine and practice. This set a course of confusion over the Church stance on issues of suicide and excommunication that continued for the rest of the conflict.

Keywords:   violence, religion, Catholic Church Irish history, British history, IRA

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