IRELAND: Shedding No Tears

One symbolic stumbling block to unification of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic is Article 44 of the Republic's 1937 constitution. It recognizes "the special position of the Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of the citizens."

The religious clauses of Article 44 have long been an embarrassment to both church and state. All three parties in the Irish Dáil (Parliament) have favored their repeal for the past five years. Ireland's Catholic primate, William Cardinal Conway, has declared repeatedly that he "would...

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