Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church

This week Fr Martin Magill returned to his ecumenical tithing, visiting Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey.  His post today focuses on the substance of the sermon by Rev Warren Peel, although he notes that his visit also gave him  the opportunity to catch up with friends he had met at the Dock Cafe.  Fr […]

On Retreat with Fr Martin Magill: Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery

This week readers will have missed Fr Martin Magill’s regular post about his ecumenical tithing. That’s because he has been on retreat since Sunday evening at Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down. Many readers will be familiar with the story of the Rostrevor Benedictines, which is told in a book I’ve reviewed, and […]

4 Corners Festival — Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Tres Dias

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Tres Dias. Contact person Terry Doherty describes a lively community life from the organisation’s base at 443 Springfield Road in West Belfast. For anyone keen to learn more or get involved, the group’s annual summer BBQ at Crawfordsburn Country Park is this Saturday, 26 July, at 11 […]

Fr Charlie Burrows Responds to Marie Keenan’s Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church – On Seminary Training

Over the last week, I’ve been reviewing Marie Keenan’s book, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2012). I’ve been surprised that her book has not received greater attention since its publication, given the obvious relevance of the topic. I think it deserves to be widely read – by Christians who are […]

Marie Keenan: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church – Book Review, Part 4: Addressing Clerical Sexual Abuse

Today I post my final review in a series on Marie Keenan’s book, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture (Oxford University Press, 2012). I don’t think that the book has received as much attention as it should have, so I am focusing on four key areas, which I think […]

Marie Keenan: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church – Book Review, Part 3: The Irish Model of “Perfect Celibate Clerical Masculinity”

Today I continue a series reviewing some key insights from Marie Keenan’s important book, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture (Oxford University Press, 2012). I don’t think that the book has received as much attention as it should have, so I am focusing on four key areas, which I […]

Marie Keenan – Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church Book Review, Part Two: Was there a Cover-up?

Yesterday I began a series reviewing some key insights from Marie Keenan’s important book, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture (Oxford University Press, 2012). I don’t think that the book has received as much attention as it should have, so I am focusing on four key areas, which I […]

Marie Keenan: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church – Book Review, Part One

“The major thesis of my work is that sexual abuse is inevitable given the meaning system that is taught by the Catholic Church and to which many priests adhere. The contradictions force failure and increase shame and a way of living that encourages sexually deviant behaviour.” – Marie Keenan, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic […]

4 Corners Festival — Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Belfast Street Pastors

This week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is the Belfast Street Pastors. I have only heard good reports about this scheme over the last year or so that I have been aware of its operation. Quite apart from the practical assistance and care on offer, one of its strongest points of witness seems to […]

Evangelical Journeys Reviewed in the Irish Journal of Sociology

From time to time I stumble across reviews of my research that I missed the first time around. Recently I found Mary Gethins’ review of my 2011 book, co-authored with Claire Mitchell, Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture, which was reviewed in 2012 in the Irish Journal of Sociology, volume […]

Fr Martin Magill: Twelfth Not Protestant Enough – Full Text of Irish News Article

Fr Martin Magill’s reflection in yesterday’s Irish News, “12th Not Protestant Enough,” generated significant chatter in other local media, online and in face-to-face conversations. While the Irish News is only available to subscribers online, his comments in the paper were picked up by the Belfast News Letter and the Slugger O’Toole blog. Today, with kind permission, we are posting […]