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Ireland and the Quiet Revolution in the Catholic Church

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Pope Francis completed the fourth anniversary of his pontificate last March, 2017. Media commentary in Ireland tends to focus on particular areas of interest surrounding his papacy – his pastoral style, opposition to his recent teaching on the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion, his attempts to tackle clerical sexual abuse of children (mediated in particular through the experience of Marie Collins), the dissatisfaction in many quarters around the method of appointing bishops, and the shortage of priests.