Cardinal Cahal Daly (1917-2009) was the only member of the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland to hold office from the beginning of the conflict there in 1969 to the paramilitary ceasefires in 1996. He was well known for his pronouncements on the causes of the conflict and his use of Catholic social teaching to offer solutions. Political structures have played a key role in stabilising Northern Ireland since 1998 and Daly used Catholic concepts of democracy and statecraft to explore alternative possible futures for Northern Ireland in the years prior to their implementation. This article will show how much of his discourse on the nature of the state, centred upon the nature of political justice, and in particular the steps that the British and Irish states needed to take to create a society resembling the Kingdom of God.
"Cardinal Cahal Daly: A Vatican II Bishop Seeking the Kingdom of God,"
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