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...

Will we see the Liberalisation of Irish Catholicism? Comments in the Guardian

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

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We are More than Orange & Green: My Contribution

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 … Read more...

New Post on RTE Brainstorm – How Northern Ireland’s Future is in the Past

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.… Read more...

How Churches are Missing their Opportunity – New Post on the Conversation

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 … Read more...

Norman Hamilton, Martin Magill and Me Tomorrow on Beyond Belief – The Churches since the Good Friday Agreement (and thoughts on forgiveness)

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 … Read more...

Fr Gerry Reynolds and the Changing Role of the Catholic Media, 1969-1975

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 Read more...

Brian Rowan to Speak at Focolare Open Day, 7 April

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 Read more...

‘A treasure trove of inspirational stories’ – Religion’s contribution to public debate?

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 Read more...

Response to ‘The Signs of Our Times’ in A Dialogue of Hope: Christianity Meets Civic Republicanism?

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 Read more...