Archive | Secularisation

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 […]

Listen to Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology

I posted last week about an event that was to take place in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum, a lecture by Prof John Brewer on Theology and Sociology. I’ve just received a comment on my post from ‘a student of sociology’ who has been searching for the lecture. The lecture was recorded, and all […]

QUB Religious Studies Forum Thurs 23 Nov: Responding to John Brewer on ‘Theology & Sociology’

I am looking forward to serving as the respondent to a lecture by Prof John Brewer on ‘Theology and Sociology’ this Thursday, 23 Nov, in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum Series on ‘Religion and the Disciplines.’ The event starts at 4.15 in the Senate Room, and is free and open to the public. Brewer […]

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.’

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 […]

‘Irish Catholicism on Trial’: Keynote Lecture on ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’, 6-7 Oct, Dublin

I am one of the keynote speakers at a conference next week on ‘Irish Catholicism on Trial,’ at IT Tallaght in Dublin. My address is titled, ‘Does Religion Still Matter in a Post-Catholic Ireland?’ It is scheduled for 4-5 pm on Friday the 6th. The conference is billed as ‘a multidisciplinary conference exploring the ever-changing face of […]

Patrick Mitchel: Questions for the Churches from ‘Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland’

Sometimes you stumble upon something online that you really wish you had read a year ago. That was the case for me when an internet search for something else turned up a post on Patrick Mitchel’s thoughtful ‘Faith in Ireland’ blog. The post featured his reflections on his participation on an ‘Author Meets Critics’ panel […]