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Kevin Hargaden is a theologian with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin, Ireland. His is the author of Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age, published by Wipf and Stock.
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Irish President Michael Higgins during a private audience at the Vatican Sept. 17, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Even Queen Elizabeth II is expected to attend this week’s ecumenical “Service of Reflection and Hope.” So why has the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, turned down his invitation?
People wait to see Pope Francis during his visit to the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, Aug. 26. The pope’s visit was still a major event in Ireland, but the repeal of the ban on blasphemy is one more sign of secularization. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
FaithShort Take
Kevin Hargaden
Before the vote, the Irish bishops called the law against blasphemy “largely obsolete,” and its demise makes for a more constructive social arrangement than Catholic hegemony.