Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium and the Francis Effect
Talk given by Prof Eamonn Conway in Trinity College Dublin on 2nd Feb 2015 which looks in depth at how Pope Francis understands joy and poverty.
Professor Eamonn Conway
Prof Eamonn Conway is a priest of the Tuam diocese. He studied philosophy and sociology at the National University of Ireland and theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the University of Tuebingen. He was awarded his doctorate in theology in 1991 and taught Systematic Theology for seven years at All Hallows College, Dublin. He was appointed Head of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in 1999 and in 2000 he also became co-director of the Centre for Culture, Technology & Values.
A Catholic priest of the Tuam diocese since 1987, he is author of The anonymous Christian – a relativised Christianity? An evaluation of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s criticisms of Karl Rahner’s theory of the anonymous Christian (Peter Lang, 1993), and has edited seven other books. He has several publications in international journals, and has lectured in Europe, Australia and the USA, as well as in Singapore and Cambodia.
Father Conway has served on a number of Irish Government advisory bodies, including the Information Society Commission for which he chaired the Working Group on Ethics & Values in a Digital Age and was a member of the E-Futures and E-Learning Committees. He also served on the FuturesIreland Advisory Panel of the Irish National Economic and Social Development Office.
Prof Conway served as President of the European Society for Catholic Theology 2009- 2011 and was elected as President of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (visit the INSeCT website) in 2011. In 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him as an expert adviser to the XIII World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation.