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Moral Monopoly: The Rise and Fall of the Catholic Church in Modern Ireland [Paperback]

By Inglis
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Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.23" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   1.07 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 17, 1998
Publisher   Univ College Dublin Pr
ISBN  1900621126  
EAN  9781900621120  

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This is a completely revised and updated edition of Inglis's classic and controversial book of 1987. He provides a clear and cogent explanation of how the Church came to hold such a powerful position in Irish society. The decline in its control of what is said and done has been central to the decline in the Church's monopoly on morality, as the author demonstrates in a new chapter.

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Brilliant!  Mar 1, 2002
The Irish RC church did its level best to become a dictatorship. And came close to achieving that goal for some time. With power came corruption, and the closer to absolute power the closer to absolute corruption.

The book examines how the church first subverted the religious role of men in the family, and then gained a hold on the minds of Irish women. It goes on to detail the church's unique contribution to Irish alcoholism.

From there we get to the persent day, when people are objecting to child abuse by priests and nuns and the church is responding by saying that if people won't play the church's way, then the church is going to take its football and go home.

This book is a good detailing of an organization that's received a well-deserved comeuppance.

Biased  Dec 16, 2001
In the guise of objective social science Inglis has written a one-sided diatribe that makes no attempt at presenting a fair and balenced analysis. He refers to Catholics as having "silenced, repressed egos" and as being led around and virtually enslved by a closed totalitarian institutional structure. Anyone who knows real catholics couldn't possibily describe them that way. They certainly have exeerted a lot of influence on the world (both good and bad) for being such timid people who are afraid to express themselves or act in accord with their consciences.

On the other hand this book will have great appeal to the conspiracy minded, especially as it's biases are hidden beneath the veneer of objective social science.

Tracing the mechanics of a social experiment  Nov 29, 2001
First things first: since the vocabulary of sociology is one of the more tooth-grinding known to man, this is not the most elegantly written book in the world.

My five stars go this book because it is, so far as I know, the first real attempt to document the mechanics by which that great social and political experiment, the Holy Catholic Ireland of the post-independence period, was put into place and controlled.

Inglis frankly admits his own difficulty in separating his genuine religious impulse from the arid clericalism of the resulting system for long enough to gauge that system impartially, and the tension sometimes shows. But on the whole Inglis has begun a much-needed and long-overdue analysis of the control mechanisms which made such a sociological and psychological disaster-area of the Irish Free State and later Republic, and with whose wreckage Ireland's citizens still live. Hopefully others will continue the work: in the meantime, in spite of its occasional difficulty, this is an excellent place to start for those who wonder how the Catholic Church in Ireland got away with so much for so long.


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