Surveying the Papal Visit to Ireland: A Francis Effect? Survey results published today

The results of my survey on Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland have been published today on the Queen’s University policy engagement website.

Research suggests pope did not do enough to address abuse in Ireland – Queen’s University Belfast

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Review of Aidan Donaldson’s The Beatitudes of Pope Francis: New Post on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Faith in the Shadow of the Abuse Crisis – Review of Aidan Donaldson’s The Beatitudes of Pope Francis.Read more...

Pope Francis Can’t Redeem Irish Catholicism: Article in Foreign Policy

I have an article in the American magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ about the Pope’s visit to Ireland: Pope Francis Can’t Redeem Irish Catholicism. Read more...

Pope Francis in a Post-Catholic Ireland: Interview on Radio France Internationale

There has been plenty of speculation about what to expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland. With the Pope now on Irish soil, I’m among those watching and waiting to see how it all unfolds.

Yesterday, I spoke with Radio … Read more...

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:

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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...