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What did the pope say about the troubles?

What did the pope say about the troubles?

Addressing a crowd of 250,000 at Drogheda, just 30 miles from the border, the Pope proclaimed: “now I wish to speak to all men and women engaged in violence. I appeal to you, in language of passionate pleading. On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and to return to the ways of peace.”

Why are Catholics and Protestants fighting in Northern Ireland?

Unionists and loyalists, who for historical reasons were mostly Ulster Protestants, wanted Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom. Irish nationalists and republicans, who were mostly Irish Catholics, wanted Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland.

Was the Catholic Church involved with the IRA?

The IRA membership was largely composed of Catholics yet was regularly denounced by the Catholic Hierarchy. However, as Patrick Murray has shown, even during the Civil War there remained an element within the Catholic Church who were sympathetic to Anti-Treatyite republicanism.

When was the Catholic religion?

As a branch of Christianity, Roman Catholicism can be traced to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in Roman-occupied Jewish Palestine about 30 CE. According to Roman Catholic teaching, each of the sacraments was instituted by Christ himself.

Who was prime minister during the Troubles?

Edward Heath became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after winning a majority in the general election.

How did Christianity lead to conflict in Northern Ireland?

The Troubles in Northern Ireland are often cited as evidence that Christianity leads to conflict. SIMON SMART: The question of religious violence hasn’t gone away. This is Belfast, Northern Ireland. The scene of some truly ugly clashes between Catholics and Protestants.

Why was there a problem in Northern Ireland?

This was when long stored-up political grievances came to the surface. In Northern Ireland, the two-thirds Protestant majority saw the Catholic minority as a threat and had consolidated political power to the point that Catholics in the north no longer had an effective voice.

Why are there so many Protestants in Northern Ireland?

This is Belfast, Northern Ireland. The scene of some truly ugly clashes between Catholics and Protestants. Often cited as evidence that Christianity inevitably causes division and bloodshed. But, it’s complicated.

Is the history of Northern Ireland a sensitive subject?

Northern Ireland is a highly sensitive subject, and during the weeks that followed countless students arrived with tales from home about their parents’ and grandparents’ opinions on the subject. This is what history at secondary school is about for me; it’s not textbooks, or learning objectives, or endless PowerPoints.