This chapter offers an overview of the shifting sociological landscape of religion in modern Ireland; the secularisation of society and the privatisation of Irish people’s religiosity is considered as a background to exploring the meaning that Irish people now attach to considerations of sin, guilt and forgiveness. Traditionally, Irish people’s sense of self was governed by strict adherence to the teachings of the Catholic Church; while sin and guilt have lost parlance in the face of the fall of the church and fewer people attend confession, forgiveness has continued to gain much attention. This chapter explores this question in some depth by offering an analysis of a sample of eight Irish men who have had experience of abortion. These men were part of a larger qualitative study of 45 heterosexual Irish men of various ages and backgrounds who were interviewed in regard to how they practiced their sexuality and experienced unplanned and crisis pregnancies (Ferguson and Hogan, 2007).
|Title of host publication||Forgiveness in Perspective|
|Number of pages||206|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|