Faith, hope and clarity? A new church for the unhoused

Michael Cronin

in Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2017 | ISBN: 9781526101068
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781526124197 | DOI:
Faith, hope and clarity? A new church for the unhoused

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Michael Cronin opens this chapter by observing that the greatest threat to Irish society has been the dominant discourse of neo-liberalism and the Market, which has come to be the deity to which all must bend. The Irish Church has traditionally been associated with a regime of fear and punishment, which is somewhat paradoxical given that the founding message of Christianity is one of hope, of the end of fear. In Cronin’s view, a more radical move for a Church, which has been brought to its knees by a multiplicity of cultural factors, would be to embrace empathy and a politics of hope, which might consist of no longer saying ‘No’, but ‘Yes’. The affirmation of justice for all, a more equal sharing of wealth, the creation of a climate where difference is embraced, these are the life-affirming and Christian principles on which the future of Irish Catholicism should be based.

Keywords: Neo-liberalism; Market; Sharing of wealth; Embracing difference

Chapter.  6386 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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