The heartbreaking results of the vote in Ireland last week will leave an indelible and devastating mark, not only on families, but on the entire country.
Thousands of words have been written about the loss of the pro-life campaign in Ireland, but I have not seen a single word about the underlying cause of this outcome.
It was said in times past that Ireland “is a Catholic country,” but was it really? And is it still?
We examined a secular history of the country and found these interesting details:
Irish society also changed rapidly in the late 20th century and the early 21st century. The Catholic Church lost a great deal of its influence in Ireland and church attendance fell sharply. Today Ireland is an increasingly secular society.
Meanwhile Mary Robinson was elected the first woman president in 1990. In 1995 the Irish people voted in a referendum to allow divorce.
Shortly after the Irish people voted last week, The Catholic Thing published these insightful words:
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