Kevin Ahern

Kevin Ahern

Kevin Ahern, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor  of Religious Studies at Manhattan College. He received his doctorate in Theological Ethics at Boston College with a dissertation on “Structures of Grace: Catholic NGOs and the Church’s Mission in a Globalized World.” Prior to his graduate studies, Kevin served for four-years as the President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana), an international network of students in over eighty countries. In 2008, Kevin published The Radical Bible with Orbis Books. He continues to be active in several national and international networks, including as a Vice-President of the ICMICA-Pax Romana and as a board member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative and America Press. When not teaching, writing, or going to international meetings, Kevin enjoys hiking, the beach, and spending time with his wife.

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2 responses to “Kevin Ahern

  1. Kevin, I am a ’71 graduate of Manhattan College M.A. in Religious Studies. I have found “Daily Theology” and have now subscribed to it. Thank you for shark week and all of our group’s efforts. Frank Koob

  2. Kevin, Thanks you all for this site and your comments.

    Let’s talk about the loci of “doing theology”.

    It would be great for academics to speak out in defense of a Fr. Martin but you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned fear of losing their place in academia.The climate has not been exactly conducive for academic theologians to ask the “new questions” out loud as, often, the language is not recognizable to the self appointed doctrinal purists who like to write letters to their Bishops and Rome and, in this age, do on-line petitions against people, pressurizing Administrations. All steered by fear

    It is critical for the Academy to pursue the new questions and to speak out. I am with you there. But academics are only one spoke in the multiple, intersecting “spaces” we call “public ” today.

    I am a PhD in Theology (TCD, Dublin 2000) but am not in academia. I have been on the ground doing ministry. And out here in the trenches, we need to pay attention to pastoral practice, which, I think, is where Fr. Martin is focused and which is exactly where the “new questions’ in public, pastoral , moral and ecclesial theology are presenting themselves on a daily basis.

    When people are fired because they are LGBT a whole lot of people in a parish school or church personally know victims and decision makers. They need to make noise, withhold donations and whatever else it takes to challenge the injustice and the hypocrisy.

    Fabulous liturgists, teachers and people in volunteer ministries at the local level live with a certain level of chilling fear, despite the Pope’s, “Who am I to judge?” And the rest of us need to be the thousand voices that get in the face of the powers that be who, too often, are lagging behind the rest of the church in attending to the human experiences of the People of God.

    Fr. Martin- his book, his critics, his followers, the experiences of the LGBT folks in their local communities- are all engaged in a public conversation about how people are experiencing pastoral practice and what ecclesial understandings and emotions are fueling those practices.

    I have often thought that it would be a good idea for every academic theologian to do a ” pastoral year”, much as Seminarians do these days.
    Doing a PhD schooled me in critical thinking as well as humility in the face of any intellectual surety I might have thought I had. But twenty years of on the ground ministry before and after the academic pursuits are where I learned where theology is really located.

    Thank you, Kevin.
    Carol Stanton
    Orlando, FL

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