From the prosperous-appearing church of 1979 to the disappearing church of 2016, the Irish experience elicits responses on countless grounds.
CHR Comment: Martin Marty describes the decline of Irish Catholicism, how older Irish priests suffer from isolation and feelings of irrelevance in their changing nation.
Source: Suicide among priests? | Religion News Service
Former Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Daly, who tended victims of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, has died aged 82.
CHR Comment: The article also notes that Daly stated in his memoir that Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.
Source: Edward Daly, priest in famed Bloody Sunday image, dies at 82 – The Washington Post
Although 84 percent of citizens in Ireland identify themselves as Roman Catholic, attendance at mass is down significantly. Only about a third of Irish Catholics now attend on a weekly basis.
Ireland Gay Marriage Vote: Irish Catholic Church Takes A Cue From Pope Francis, Charts New Course Amid Waning Influence.
In May citizens in Ireland will vote on a marriage referendum. The Roman Catholic bishops state their opposition to a change in the constitution.