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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Understanding ‘No Religion’ – New Video on Vakuum via Peter Jost

You can watch a video of my talk, The Apocalypse for Religion: Understanding People who identify as ‘No Religion’, which I gave last week at Wake, an annual boutique festival in Belfast curated by Peter Rollins. The video title is … Read more...

The Apocalypse for Religion – at Peter Rollins’ Wake Festival

Today I had the privilege of participating in Wake, an annual boutique festival in Belfast, which is curated by Peter Rollins. It’s always a treat to catch up on Pete’s latest work, and to meet the people who come … 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...

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...

‘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...

Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular: ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ Workshop, 23 March in Queen’s

I’ll be participating in a workshop on ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ on Friday 23 March, 11 am- 5 pm, in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop hopes to promote ‘constructive engagement and dialogue between secularists … Read more...

The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham – In Conversation on Radio Ulster

Following the death of American evangelist Billy Graham last week, I took part in a conversation about his life and legacy on Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence. You can listen to it here as the first item on the BBC’s Everyday … Read more...