Picking up on President Michael D. Higgins’ call for a new Irish ethics, Glenstal monk Mark Patrick Hederman in his latest book, The Opal and the Pearl examines sexuality in the lives and writings of Joyce, Iris Murdoch and Yeats and delivers a searching critique of the Catholic Church’s monosexual stance.
Mark Patrick Hederman is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey in Co. Limerick.
Formerly the abbot and headmaster of their school, he has lectured in philosophy, theology and literature in Ireland, Nigeria and the USA.
A founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag, he is the author of several books. His most recent book is The Opal and the Pearl.
Glenstal Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks in County Limerick, Ireland, and is a place of prayer, work, education and hospitality. The monastery sits alongside a popular guesthouse and a boarding school for boys, housed within a 19th century Normanesque castle amidst five hundred magnificent acres of farmland, forest, lakes and streams. more