Is Ireland’s Faith in Crisis?

And whilst I am in Dublin, Wednesday night sees the return of Leviathan to the Button Factory in Temple Bar… Will Crawley is chairing the debate which is right up his street… Faith in Crisis… with guests Elaine Byrne, Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, Dr Brendan Connolly and Humanist Dick Spicer…. Clear the President’s faith is not in crisis, according to Peter Murtagh in the Irish Times as both she and he have recently walked the Camino the medieval walk of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northern Spain:

Now, the absence of an ’09 car or not enough money to buy just what you want, when you want it – now all of that matters less. In boom times or recession, the Camino imposes a healthier perspective than the advertising agencies. I hope Mary McAleese talks a little of her Camino because I strongly suspect she could say things that would ring true for many people right now.

Is was Emily O’Reilly right when she said that sex, alcohol and money are no substitute for religion? Or Cardinal Murphy O’Connor when he said that Consumerism is no substitute for God?

Get your tickets right now. Right here.

PS: if you can’t make it, and you’re in Belfast that night, come along to Madisons in Botanic Avenue for a small Slugger meet up and chew the cud and drink a few pints! All NI bloggers particularly welcome… I’ve put the details up on Facebook

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty