The Irish Constitution of 1937
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The Irish Constitution of 1937

The Irish Constitution of 1937 provides an interesting case study both in terms of the relations between church and state as well as the more general question of religious freedom.  The Constitution is considered “secular” inasmuch as it does not establish or endow any state religion.  The Constitution recognizes the “public worship” due to Almighty God and the respect and honor due to religion.  The Constitution also recognizes the special status of the Catholic Church as the “guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority” of the body politic...

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