By Clifford Williamson

This e-book bargains an leading edge method of the nature of the highbrow lifetime of Catholics in Scotland. It appears to be like at Catholic makes an attempt to struggle the allure of communism among the operating periods in interwar Scotland, it analyses advancements within the devotional lifetime of Scottish Catholics and it discusses the original theological contribution made through Scottish clerics. Chapters additionally discover the expanding presence of Catholics in Scotland in better schooling and their position in shaping switch in the Catholic Church. eventually, readers may have the chance to benefit extra concerning the formerly under-researched Catholic Intelligentsia, and the controversy inside it at the position of Catholicism within the historical past of Scotland.

The background of Catholic highbrow lifestyles in Scotland, 1918–1965 offers the household context of the altering personality of Scottish Catholicism, in addition to the context of adjustments in eu Catholicism.

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The Labour alliance was also in some respects fairly tenuous. 43 Although this can be seen as primarily an intellectual matter rather than a source of real alarm, of tangible concern was the attitude of the Labour Party towards the 1918 Education Act and towards birth control. 46 In local government in Glasgow the Labour Party was sympathetic to Catholic concerns over education and in the aftermath of the 1929 Local Government (Scotland) Act when the School Board of Glasgow was abolished and control was handed to the Corporation, it provided a bulwark against dilution of Catholic education.

The Papacy in a very direct fashion through a series of important and influential encyclicals between 1891 and 1963 set the context for the type of political engagement and also the level of political and social activism encouraged in the laity. © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016 C. 1057/978-1-137-33347-6_2 29 30 C. WILLIAMSON CATHOLICISM IN THE SCOTTISH CONTEXT This section deals with the broader political and social context. The first part considers the impact of the minority status of the Catholic community in the priorities of Catholic social action and intellectual life and looks at three issues.

This was a product of the distinctive political and intellectual culture of Scotland. There was, contrary to opinion, a real desire by some Catholics to challenge particularly the intellectual orthodoxy on the role of Catholicism in shaping Scottish life. This was essential as a means to break the negative 38 C. WILLIAMSON impression of Catholicism in intellectual circles and allow an alternative approach to Scottish identity, to ultimately remove the barriers which prevented Catholics making a significant contribution to the shaping of the future of Scotland.

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