Give me that old time religion?

Tom Kelly outlines the core contribution Catholicism has made to the development of Irish identity and argues that despite the church’s failings the alternatives of secularism and consumerism offer Irishness little. He believes “It is not unfair or xenophobic to want to prevent Ireland, north or south, becoming as secular as Britain.” He argues it is time to reconnect with a Catholic ethos but a reconnection based on learning from past mistakes.