Thursday, July 21, 2011

Irland durchlebt die 1789er Revolution: This is a Republic, not the Vatican - BBC

Irish PM's attack on church sign of changing times
The blistering attack on the Vatican by Taoiseach Enda Kenny epitomises the dramatic transformation of Irish society in recent years. The age of deference is long gone. As well as being more secular, Ireland is also more liberal, more open and more pluralist. What it really needs is more money. But that is another story. The unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church by the government is not the only sign of changing Ireland. The next chief justice, Susan Denham, is the first woman and the first Protestant to be appointed to the position. The warm welcome given to the Queen on her recent four-day visit to Dublin demonstrated a sea-change in Ireland's attitude to its nearest neighbour.
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