Catholic human rights discourse in Northern Ireland in the 1980s
and views on the conflict in Northern Ireland
which were sought by the Vatican.’ See D. O’Hagan, ‘Allies or antagonists? IrishCatholicism and Irish Republicanism during the 1980s’ (PhD dissertation, Queen’s
University, Belfast, 1998).
46 The acceptance of the Northern Ireland state by the Catholic Church goes back
to the 1920s, when Cardinal O’Donnell, Archbishop of Armagh, argued that
Catholics must work for the general good of the community in that jurisdiction. See
P. Donnelly, ‘Political identity in Northern Ireland: An issue for Catholic theology’,