Ireland between John Paul & Francis – Church has a very short window of opportunity to change

Yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 PM programme included a feature on Ireland between the visits of Popes John Paul II and Francis. Available at the 41.15 mark below, it is a six-minute segment which takes listeners from Dana’s Number One hit … Read more...

Only the People can now Save the Church in Ireland: Contribution in the Tablet

This week’s Tablet has a special focus on ‘Francis in Ireland,’ and I have contributed an article, ‘Only the People can now Save the Church in Ireland.’

The article can be read for free on the Tablet’s website after a Read more...

After Francis: What’s the Future for the Church in Ireland? On RTE Brainstorm

I have a new article on RTE’s Brainstorm, After Francis: What’s the Future for the Church in Ireland?

This is the first paragraph, but you can click here to read it in full:

Opinion: despite the changes since the Read more...

Voices Pope Francis will not Hear – 20 August at TCD

The Trinity College Dublin School of Religion will host the Wijngaards Institute for a panel discussion on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland, VOICES POPE FRANCIS WILL NOT HEAR, on Monday 20 August in the Trinity School of … Read more...

Catherine Maignant Review of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘indispensable reading’

I have just become aware of Catherine Maignant’s review of my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Irelandpublished in 2016 in the French-language academic journal, Etudes Irlandaises (Irish Studies).

Maignant is Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Lille.Read more...

Has ‘The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis’ Reached Ireland?: My review of Gerry O’Hanlon’s New Book on Slugger

Check out Slugger O’Toole for my review of the new book by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland?Read more...

The End of Catholic Ireland? Festival of Social Sciences Discussion 6 Nov

I will be speaking at an event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, ‘The End of Catholic Ireland?’ on Tues 6 Nov at the Dark Horse in Belfast. The event is organised by the Slugger O’Toole blog. Historian Margaret … Read more...

Pope Francis’ Visit and a Loss of Faith in the Church: Comments in National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter, an American publication, has a lengthy profile on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Ireland: ‘Irish Sex Abuse Survivors say Francis should admit to Vatican’s Cover-up.’ 

Prominent survivors Marie Collins and Mark Vincent Healy are calling on … Read more...

Review of Archbishop Eames’ Unfinished Search: New Post on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Archbishop Robin Eames’ book Unfinished Search. I ask: Will another opportunity to address the past slip through our hands?… Read more...