The Liberal Ethic 2018-05-18T14:32:01+00:00

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The Liberal Ethic

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In January 1950, following a speech by a prominent cleric in which he declared that liberals and socialists advocated ‘a free morality – the ethics of free love’, the Irish Times threw its pages open to its readers many of whom wrote in (many using pseudonyms) on issues such as literary censorship, the special position afforded to the Catholic Church in the 1937 Constitution, and Irish society’s attitudes to matters sexual. For three months the ‘Liberal Ethic’ debate dominated the paper’s agenda as adverts were dropped to facilitate the correspondence. The letters were published in booklet form, edited by then Irish Times editor, R.M. Smyllie, later that year.