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Revolution and collapse
in Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879–1925
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This chapter looks at the revolution and the collapse of the republicans. Logue had lost none of his anxieties regarding republicans, but by 1919 his essential political pragmatism was very much in evidence. In his Lenten pastoral published in February, he made reference to the new states emerging in Europe from the ruins of the Russian, German and Austrian empires. By 1919, the bishops were increasingly adopting the language of separation. Their pastorals were filled with the notions currently in vogue across Europe: democracy, self-determination and freedom. A major factor in this reticence was the promise of violence, which surrounded the establishment of Dáil Éireann. The bishops were aware that the Irish Volunteers had been conducting raids for weapons since the days of the Irish Convention. In addition, by the summer of 1920 the war in Ireland had entered a new phase. Republican attacks upon the police had escalated and the response of Crown forces had become more robust. This chapter comprises all the revolutionary dates of Logue's time period.

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