This book tells the story of the Roman Catholic community in north-east Ulster from the final defeat of the Ulster Irish Chieftains O'Neill and O'Donnell in 1603 at the hands of the English. to the remarkable success of Sinn Fein, the political wing if the IRA, in the Westminster elections of 1983. By that time Sinn Fein had captured 100,000 votes from the catholic nationalist population and looked as if it might become the biggest single Catholic party in the State.
Among the characteristics of Northern Ireland Catholicism are a sense of inferiority, alienation from the state, and conservatism in religious belief and practice. These features are not the result of partition the seeds of northern catholic discontent, its unease with itself and the tenacity of its attachments to Catholicism were sown in the Ulster Plantation of the early seventeenth century. To understand the Ulster catholic community it is necessary to appreciate that it sees itself as a community under siege.
The practice of the faith and the content of religious belief did not always accord with post Tridentine Catholicism but attachment to the idea of Catholicism and the sense of belonging to a wider religious community gave a lasting cohesion to Ulster Catholicism.
Catholicism in Ulster 1603-1983 - An Interpretative History
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