Historical Materialism and the Catholic Church: The Irish Example
AbstractIn the July-August 1984 issue of Monthly Review, the editors prefaced a number of articles on "Religion and the Left" with the recognition that Marxists are "often brought up in a tradition of atheism and anticlericalism [and] are quite likely to look upon the religious left as unreliable, a sort of temporary aberration which may one day even turn into its opposite." These fears, they write, cannot just be dismissed as "unfounded or... dispelled by mere professions of good faith and honorable intentions." What is needed is for both the secular and the religious left to "start paying more attention to deeds rather than words. The real test of the possibility and potentialities of cooperation is practice."
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