May I suggest that you do a little reading up on your history, especially your history of the development of Western Christianity?
The Sister Fidelma series is set in the 7th Century, mainly in Ireland, and has, as part of its background, some of the conflicts between the churches that we now call the Celtic Church and the new ideas emanating from Rome.
You have obviously no knowledge of the conhospitae (mixed religious houses) or the fact that it was only in the 11th Century that celibacy was enforced on the religious by Pope Leo IX - even then it was some centuries before that edict took effect.
Neither, it seems have you any knowledge of ancient Irish Brehon Law as you make an uneducated comment about premarital sex. Fidelma and Eadulf first get together under the legal trial marriage as outlined in the law of Lánamnus.
The Sister Fidelma series accurately reflects what was happening in 7th Century Ireland, and does not seek to put anachronistic modern Catholic ideas into a time period where they had no validity.
If you want “modern Catholic fiction,” then you should look elsewhere, and close your mind to how things developed at the period.
If, however, you do want to learn about this period, then you may get some information, and book references, on our FAQ pages.
David Robert Wooten
Director, International Sister Fidelma Society
1643B Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407