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Why Church-State relations in Ireland are unlike anywhere else

Despite what is now commonly held to be fact, there was no ‘all powerful Catholic Church.’ Large sections of the population had opposed the hierarchy by supporting violence during the agrarian conflict, by supporting Parnell after his fall from grace, or by supporting the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War of 1922-1923. However, unlike in other Catholic countries, this opposition did not lead to the creation of any anti-clerical party.