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 46 posts for Daily Theology

From Apathy to Social Action: The Radical Power of Prayer

But like the Church, Christian social action cannot be done in isolation. Social change simply does not happen by the isolated actions of any one activist, saint, or social revolutionary…We need to form communities locally. Our local communities need to link up in movements nationally and globally. This is the only real way social change … Continue reading

Pope Francis and the Powers of Global Governance

The Pope’s Subtle Critique of America’s Cowboy Diplomacy “One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor.” Pope Francis The humanitarian crisis following the Iraqi/Syrian catastrophe is enormous. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. Over 10 million people have been displaced in the region (more than the population of New York City). Women, … Continue reading

Broadening Our Horizons Recognizing the Diversity of Ecclesial Movements

This past weekend I had the chance to participate (along with several other DT bloggers) in the College Theology Society’s (CTS) annual meeting on the theme, God has begun a Great Work in Us: The Embodiment of Love in Contemporary Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements. The role of organized responses to God’s love is an … Continue reading

Defending the Pope From Freemasons: Throwback to John Paul II’s Funeral

The celebrations of Pope John Paul II in the lead up to his canonization this weekend brings back memories of being in Rome for his funeral—a truly amazing experience. As president of the International Movement of Catholic Students (2003-2007), I was sent to Rome from Paris when we heard about the death of the pope. … Continue reading

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

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