Prof Catherine Maignant on Fr Tony Flannery – Vatican Sanctions have increased ‘his aura and influence’

One of the more intriguing chapters in a new book edited by Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien, Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond (Manchester University Press 2017), is written by French academic Catherine Maignant. It focuses on Fr Tony Flannery, whose silencing by the Vatican’s Congregation of the […]

Dermot Keogh on The Catholic Church and the Irish State – ‘It is better to begin to rebuild anew’

One of Ireland’s leading historians, Dermot Keogh, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork, was a keynote speaker at the ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’ conference, held 6-7 October at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, in Dublin. Keogh’s topic was ‘The Catholic Church and the Irish State.’ He drew on his years of scholarship to […]

Tom Inglis Reviews ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’: an ‘insightful & intelligent book’

Tom Inglis, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University College Dublin, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford, 2016) in the academic journal Journal of Contemporary Religion, V32(3) September 2017. I have reproduced portions of the review below. Tom Inglis Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland … In this insightful and intelligent book, Gladys Ganiel […]

Clerical Voices from Irish Catholicism on Trial – Flannery, Hederman & Claffey

Last week’s conference on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’ at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, in Dublin provided a platform for a variety of voices. Among them was a panel of ‘clerical voices,’ whose critiques of the Irish Catholic Church provided something of an insider perspective. Fr Tony Flannery, the Redemptorist priest and co-founder of the […]

How Religion Still Matters in a Post-Catholic Ireland – Text of Keynote

Last week I had the opportunity to give a keynote address at a conference on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ a multidisciplinary event at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. The title of my lecture was ‘Understanding Post-Catholic Ireland: Does Religion Still Matter?’ The talk drew on my most recent book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland. You can read the full text […]

Brexit & What did the Reformations Ever do for Us? Events at Agape

There are two interesting events coming up at the Agape Centre (Belfast South Methodist, 238 Lisburn Road). On Monday 16 October the Rev Dr Johnston McMaster continues his ‘Thinking Aloud’ series on ‘Imagining Northern Ireland Beyond Brexit,’ 7-9 pm, with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival.  On Sunday 5 November at 7 pm there will […]

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – Events and Insights from Northern Ireland

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The 31st October is remembered as the day when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, setting the wheels in motion for what would become a religious revolution that shaped the modern world. October will be a high point for debate […]

Religion and the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Upcoming Public Talks in Providence, UMaine and Bowdoin

Next week I will be speaking at three different universities on the East Coast of the United States on ‘Religion and the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?’ All the events are free and open to the public. My talk will evaluate various scholars and commentators perspectives on […]

‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’: Keynote Lecture on ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’, 6-7 Oct, Dublin

I am one of the keynote speakers at a conference next week on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ at IT Tallaght in Dublin. My address is titled, ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’ It is scheduled for 4-5 pm on Friday the 6th. The conference is billed as ‘a multidisciplinary conference exploring the ever-changing face of […]