Archive | Irish Catholic Church

How about a Great Green Wall? Fr Patrick Devine and the Shalom Center: Living out the ‘Church Without Walls’ in Africa

While walls of all sorts have been making headlines lately, there’s one that hasn’t gotten quite as much publicity – but has the potential to transform life in Africa. Fr Patrick Devine, a priest in the Society of African Missions (SMA) and founder of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, spoke […]

Priests of the Future? Fathers Pat and Gerry Reynolds

There’s a moving tribute to a priest in today’s Irish Times, written by a chaplain, Michael Commane, who encountered Fr Pat Reynolds during his final days in Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin. Commane’s reflections on Reynolds’ last days remind us that while the institutional Catholic Church seems to have let so many people down, there are […]

50% off ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’ in Oxford’s Christmas Sale

I’ve long lamented the high price of academic books, so I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity, is featured in Oxford University Press’ 50% off Christmas Sale.  That means you can pick up a copy for £30. It’s still pricier than a Stephen King paperback, I’m afraid (and […]

Bowdoin Report on How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland

There is a report on the Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine, USA) webpage about a public lecture I gave there last month, ‘How Some (But Only Some) Church Leaders Helped Build Peace in Northern Ireland.’ Bowdoin College is the alma mater of Senator George J Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that produced the 1998 Good […]

‘John Calvin, Pray for Us’: Fr Gerry Reynolds and the Reformation in Ireland; & Panel Discussion Tomorrow on Talkback

  On Wednesday, my contribution to Evangelical Alliance’s ‘500 Project’ will be published. The 500 Project is a series of blog posts marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and considering its legacy on the island of Ireland and beyond. My post will be titled, ‘John Calvin, Pray for Us: Fr Gerry Reynolds and the […]

Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Beyond the Abuse Scandals? Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond.’

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 […]