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  •  Early Irish Catholic Church allowed (1+ / 0-)
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    priests and nuns to marry, although bishops and archbishops had to be celibate.
    Women religious were allowed to preach and hold positions of authority.
    The Church of Rome overwhelmed the Church of Ireland, however, by around 1000 AD, I think (but don't take this date as--pardon the expression--gospel..) and naturally the customs of the winning Church of Rome replaced those of the Church of Ireland.

    •  It was at the Synod of Whitby (1+ / 0-)
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      in 663 and impacted all of the English/Celtic church (of which the Irish church was one of the strongest).

      Sadly, though, you're right - history is always written by the winners.  

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