Kevin Ahern

Kevin Glauber Ahern, PhD is an assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. He defended his doctoral dissertation in Theological Ethics from Boston College in 2013. His dissertation was entitled “Structures of Grace: Catholic NGOs and the Church’s Mission in a Globalized World.” From 2003 to 2007, Kevin Ahern served as the President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana), an international network of students in over eighty countries. He continues to be active on the boards of several national and international networks, including he Catholic Common Ground Initiative, the board of directors of America Press and as a Vice-President of the ICMICA-Pax Romana, He has edited the Radical Bible and Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, both with Orbis Books. When not teaching, writing, or going to international meetings, Kevin enjoys hiking, Cape Cod, and spending time with his wife. Follow him on twitter at @kevin_ahern
Kevin Ahern has written 42 posts for Daily Theology

Water and Catholic Social Teaching – quotes for today

March 22nd is World Water Day – the day that the international community commemorates one of our most important natural resources. Sadly, the reality of water issues in the world is sobering. Millions of people suffer daily due to the lack of access to basic water and sanitation. Women and children suffer the most. For … Continue reading

Patrick: A Prophet for Global Justice

In search of St. Patrick St. Patrick is one of a handful of Christian saints, along with Mary, Valentine and Francis, that is celebrated in popular culture. His feast day is commemorated with supermarket meat sales, green rivers, green beer, and (my favorite) parades.  But who was the real St. Patrick? Most people know that … Continue reading

Young Catholic Perspectives on the Ukraine Protests

Note from Kevin Ahern: The following is a guest post for Daily Theology by Sofiya Kernychna, the Responsible for International Relations for the Federation of Ukrainian Catholic Academic and Student Associations “OBNOVA” (an affiliate of Pax Romana). We share this with you to help bring the voices of young Catholic intellectuals to wider attention. Please … Continue reading

It’s Time to Stop Bashing Cardinal Bernardin

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 I was dismayed, but not all that surprised by Nicholas G. Hahn III’s recent article in the Wall Street Journal. It has … Continue reading

Another World is Possible: A Call to Action on Economic Inequality

Today, the annual “tradeshow” for the world’s elite begins in the Swiss resort town of Davos. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a “who’s who” of corporate, financial, political and (western) cultural power. Heads of state, CEOs, media leaders and Hollywood Celebrities gather to discuss the global economic situation and make barroom deals that will … Continue reading

Yes, Mr. O’Reilly, There is a War on Christmas: But It’s Not What You Think

“For me Christmas has always been about this; contemplating the visit of God to his people…Christmas in this time of conflicts is a call from God who gives us this gift. Do we want to receive Him or do we prefer other gifts?” Pope Francis A whole industry has arisen around the notion of the … Continue reading

Structural Renewal to be a Church of the Poor: 3 Concrete Proposals for Curial Reform

It’s like a dream or a movie. In less than a year, Pope Francis has transformed the dominant discourse around Catholicism from scandal and despair to joy and the evangelical demands in light of poverty and economic exclusion. “Each individual Christian and every community,” he wrote in Evangelii Gaudium last week, “is called to be … Continue reading

Recasting the New Evangelization Framework in Light of the Poor: Early Highlights and Analysis of Evangellii Gaudium

Recasting the New Evangelization Framework in Light of the Poor: Early Highlights and Analysis of Evangellii Gaudium Evangellii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, will most certainly become an important text to understand Catholic social ethics, mission, ecclesiology, and what it means to be a disciple in the world today. The text addresses a number … Continue reading

An Astronaut’s Perspective on the Second Vatican Council and Mission

Being one of the first human beings to orbit the planet most certainly brings a unique perspective to all aspects of human life, including faith and ethics. Many of the first astronauts and cosmonauts who returned to our little blue dot in the universe brought back messages of peace and human unity. Coming from members … Continue reading

Dare to Hope: Will Pope Francis help bring peace to the Holy Land?

Today, Pope Francis welcomed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a private audience at the Vatican—just a week before the scheduled visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit of these two leaders coincides with reports that the pope will visit the region next March—possibly with Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople. Given his magnanimous … Continue reading

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