The Catholic Action Movement was one of the most potent forces operating in Ireland from the early years of the 20th century until the 1960's. This book charts the growth, development and influence of the Catholic Action Movement on twentieth century Ireland.
The Catholic Action Movement was one of the most potent forces operating in Ireland from the early years of the 20th century until the 1960's. In the newly independent Ireland, Catholic lay organisations played a crucial role in asserting the Catholic Church's influence on both politics and society. The Movement was part of that strategy forged by the Catholic Church to take account of the new relationship between Church and State after the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Catholic lay organisations that constituted the Movement, were pivotal in helping to shape and consolidate public opinion, in copper-fastening the Catholic-Irish identity and in helping to enshrine the moral code in Irish law.It also had a resounding impact on the drafting of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland. Moreover, its influence can be seen in the growth of democracy and the political party system in Ireland, in the ideologies embraced by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Clann na Poblachta, and consequently on Governments' social and economic policies. This book charts the growth, development and influence of the Catholic Action Movement on twentieth century Ireland.
Acknowledgements, Abbreviations, Introduction, Chapter I The Roots of Catholic Action, Chapter II Independence and Emancipation: The Spread of Catholic Action, Chapter III The Vigilance and Legislative Campaigns, Chapter IV Towards Directive Principles of Social Policy, Chapter V Catholic Action and the Reports of the Commission of Inquiry into Banking, Currency and Credit, 1938, Chapter VI The Campaign for a National Vocational Assembly, Conclusion, Bibliography, Index.
Dr Maurice Curtis is a graduate of the National University of Ireland/UCD and is based in Dublin.