Reading Religion Review of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘action research at its best’

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, has been reviewed on the new Reading Religion website, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. The review is written by Amy Heath-Carpentier, a graduate student at California Institute of Integral Studies & Assistant Director, Washington University in St. Louis. Excerpts are reproduced below:  Much has […]

ACI Blog Discussion on Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘the need to converse on matters of church and faith remains strong’

It was encouraging to see the website of the Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) feature my interview with Sean Moncrieff about my book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, which generated some discussion in the comments section of their website. Even though I am an academic and therefore must write for an academic audience, I always hope that […]

My New Book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, on Newstalk with Sean Moncrieff

Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk FM about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. You can listen to the full interview (about 12 minutes) below, where host Sean Moncrieff asks some wide-ranging questions. I explain what I mean by post-Catholic, characterising it as a shift in consciousness in which the […]

HOME Exhibition/Hydrangea Project at the East Side Arts Festival – Launch 11 August

The East Side Arts Festival kicks off this week with another stimulating and wide-ranging programme. Among the highlights is Still Bunker 2, a four-day event with a visual art, music, poetry and drawing participation. It will be launched at St Martin’s Church, Newtownards Road, Belfast on 11th August 2016 by Peter Osborne, chair of the Community […]

One in Christ Conference in Rostrevor: 19-22 October

Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down is hosting a conference, ‘Parables of Communion: Journeying Together,’ to celebrate the Jubilee of the Catholic ecumenical journal, One in Christ. There’s an engaging programme of worship, prayer, speaking, reflection, and pilgrimage to sites such as Saul Church and Down Cathedral. The speaking programme features contributors from the […]

Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market? The Church in a Pluralist Society Conference

Last week I presented a paper, ‘Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market? The Role of Extra-Institutional Religion,’ at a conference on ‘The Church in a Pluralist Society,’ hosted by the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin.  The talk was based on my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. The paper explored three claims […]

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 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 […]