Peter Steinfels on the Media and the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Conference on The Church in a Pluralist Society

This week the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin is hosting an international interdisciplinary conference on ‘The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?’ The speakers include Terry Eagleton, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Hans Joas, William Cavanaugh, and Siobhán Garrigan, among others. Yesterday Peter Steinfels delivered a keynote address on ‘The […]

CRC Award for Civic Leadership for Magill & Stockman: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about the Community Relations Award for Civic Leadership, which was this week presented to Fr Martin Magill and Rev Steve Stockman — friends and collaborators on the 4 Corners Festival. I focus on how they make relationships the foundation for Christian peacebuilding. Photo, l to […]

The Deconstructed Church: Reviewed in Ecclesial Practices by Ralph Kunz

My 2014 book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored by Gerardo Marti, has been reviewed by Ralph Kunz of the University of Zurich in the academic journal Ecclesial Practices (2016, V3(1): 150-153). You can read the full review on academia.edu. I have reproduced some excerpts below. The Deconstructed Church Reviewed by Ralph Kunz In the basement of a pub […]

Touching the Heart Strings: Guest Post by Fr Charlie Burrows

Today the blog features a new guest post from Fr Charlie Burrows, a priest with Oblate Mission Development, an office of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He has served in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast for the past 40+ years, organizing a sustainable development program in the region which has included building roads, dykes, schools, a […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland – Talk at Fitzroy Presbyterian

On Sunday evening I spoke about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, at Fitzroy Presbyterian. Despite the sunny summer weather I was delighted to see so many people turn out and ask such thoughtful questions. I have reproduced some excerpts from my talk below. You can read Rev Steve Stockman’s review of […]

Bertie Ahern: Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about Bertie Ahern’s ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland.’ It is based on Ahern’s closing lecture in the Spring Festival of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s yesterday evening.

“Essential reading for anyone involved in Christian Church leadership in Ireland in 2016”: Steve Stockman Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Rev Steve Stockman, the minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity.  Writing on his blog Soul Surmise, he says: For 20 years I have watched, and wrestled pastorally and missionally with what I have seen, as the spiritual landscape of Ireland changed out […]

Hunger Striking as Political Resistance: Then & Now – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Hunger Striking as Political Resistance: Then & Now.’ It reviews a panel discussion on hunger striking at Queen’s Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival of Events, which featured republican hunger strikers and ex-prisoners Tommy McKearney and Laurence McKeown.