In continued coverage of the Republic of Ireland’s abortion referendum, I spoke with the Guardian about possible future directions for the Catholic Church in Ireland. Gladys Ganiel, author of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, said the result was not a fatal blow for the Catholic church but the continuation of a trend rejecting Catholic teaching. Church leaders […]
The ‘We are More than Orange & Green’ Facebook page has been asking people from various walks of life and professions to answer four questions about contemporary Northern Ireland. If you are on Facebook, like the page to make sure you don’t miss any responses. Here’s my contribution: “Christians need to get that sense that […]
I have a new post on RTE’s Brainstorm website, ‘How Northern Ireland’s Future is in the Past.’ It picks up on themes of religion and reconciliation, in light of the upcoming consultation on dealing with the past.
There is a new post on the Conversation, written by Prof John Brewer and me, ‘How Churches are Missing their Opportunity to help build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ The reflections are framed around tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This post is a good companion piece for today’s BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief […]
Tomorrow’s Beyond Belief programme on BBC Radio 4 will feature a discussion among Rev Norman Hamilton, Fr Martin Magill and me about the role of the churches in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement. The programme airs at 4.30 pm, or you can catch the podcast later in the day. Hamilton is a former […]
Next week I am part of a panel on ‘Christian Modernities in Britain and Ireland in the 20th Century,’ at the European Social Science History Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast. I’ll be presenting a paper on ‘The Communications Revolution in Ireland and the Changing Role of the Catholic Media: Fr Gerry Reynolds and Intercom, 1969-1975.’ […]
Journalist Brian Rowan will give a keynote address at the Focolare open day, set for Saturday 7 April in Stranmillis University College, Belfast. Rowan is the author of several books, including Unfinished Peace. The theme of the day is ‘Building Community Together,’ and is inspired by the words of Sarah Ban Breathnach, “The world needs dreamers and the […]
My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, is an academic publication. But I always write with the hope that my research can have some sort of value in the ‘real world.’ So I am delighted that Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ cites Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland in his chapter in the recent book, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical […]
On Friday I had the opportunity to respond to the opening chapter in a new book edited by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical Thinking for Critical Times (Messenger Publications, 2017). There was a discussion workshop about the book at Queen’s University called, ‘Hope in Turbulent Times,’ the aim of which was to promote ‘constructive […]
I will be speaking at Corrymeela’s Carafest on the afternoon of Sunday 1 April (yes, that is Easter Sunday) about ‘Friendship and Reconciliation for the Long Haul: Insights from the Life of Fr Gerry Reynolds.’ Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of researching Gerry’s biography (due for publication in 2019). In […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Did Religious Leaders Contribute to Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland? Review of New Book by Nukhet Sandal.