Mulvagh states that the church actually feared the diminution of its powers in a Home Rule context, particularly in the case of denominational education, and that the teacher-training colleges were the core concern for the hierarchy rather than the Ne Temere decree.
The Catholic Ne Temere decree (1908) had a particular resonance for Presbyterians, as the legality of their marriages, long an issue with Anglicans, was now being threatened with the implications of the Catholic doctrine.
She refused to honour the infamous Ne Temere
pledge, which has since been scrapped.
The impact of the Catholic church's imposition of pre-nuptial promises relating to the raising as Catholics of children of inter-church marriages, exacted on foot of erroneous perceptions of the terms of the Ne temere
decree, are examined, as are Protestant attitudes to it.
THE ne temere
decree and mixed marriage situation that had resulted in a 25 per cent per generation or one per cent per annum drop in the number of Protestants.
Those who stayed watched their numbers decrease due to the papal ruling of Ne Temere
, which stated that children of mixed marriages must be brought up Catholic.
Vetus autem Theologorum mos erat, divine mysteria cum mathematicis numeris et figuris, tum poeticis figmentis obtegere, ne temere
cuilibet communia forent.
Written in 1955, during a quiet but dismal period for Irish Protestantism when most members of the minority communion in the Republic tended to keep their heads down and their mouths firmly shut, Butler's essay unpicks the damage that the Ne Temere
decree wreaked on the Irish social structure --the collateral damage of the Catholic Church's defensive marital stance.
This coincides with the lapsing of the campaign against Ne Temere.
The most heated sectarian phase in New South Wales was the controversy over the decree of Ne Temere between 1922 and 1925.
He said the Vatican's Ne Temere
decree, ruling that children of mixed marriages must be brought up as Catholics, had a detrimental effect on the State's Protestant population.
At the time Sheila incurred the wrath of the local clergy when she refused to honour the infamous Ne Temere
pledge to raise her children as Roman Catholics and attend the local Catholic school.