Even more on 1916 – a reprise March 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…accused the leader of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule of using Catholicism in an unchristian way to attract people to the cause.
As Ireland prepares for the 100th anniversary of the uprising this Easter Sunday, the Jesuit intellectual Father Seamus Murphy has launched a blistering attack on the morality of the revolt and those behind it.
This isn’t the first time he’s done so. In January he wrote a piece in the Irish Times along much the same lines. Unfortunately his critique then was unconvincing and oddly ahistorical for one making such proscriptive statements. Not least with a complete misunderstanding of the rationale for the events of 1916 as noted at the time by deiseach in comments, something Murphy characterised as “the Rising was a shriek of protest at the prospect of constitutional nationalists compromising with unionists”.
One has to hope that he’s sharpened his analysis.
Tellingly McDonald offers us this:
Critics of the current centenary, such as Murphy, believe that uncritical coverage of the Rising’s legacy will enable republican hardliners to argue in the 21st century that there is “unfinished business” over 1916 – Northern Ireland remains within the UK due to its unionist majority.
Such a reductionist view, one that implicitly posits the Irish as gullible and unthinking in regard to both past and present and future is deeply patronising. A pity it isn’t called out more often as such.