Two interesting events coming up in my Life

1. Next week, My 24 and 25, I am attending a conference organised by the Association of Franco Irish Studies, and taking place in the university of Lille, France.

The title of the conference is “Margins and Marginalities in France and/or Ireland”.  I am speaking at the conference on the Friday afternoon about my experience of dealing with Vatican authorities. I am looking forward to that.

2. A German film producer, Christoph Rolf, has produced a documentary film on the life of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict. I was interviewed for this film, and, while I haven’t yet seen it, I understand that I have a good bit to say in it — and, as might be expected, I am not exactly full of praise for the years Cardinal Ratzinger headed up the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The film got its first showing at the Munich Film Festival recently, and, from what I have read, the reviews were positive. I will wait for the English language version, which I am told will be shown in Ireland.

None of this will do me any favours in the Vatican!  But I can live with that!


Yesterday the film “Defender of the Faith” by Christopher Rohl had its world premiere in Munich:
I think this documentary film made by an atheist (!) is a very good analysis of the life and work and failures of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict.
The film includes many long interviews with Tony Flannery (one of the last victims or the Ratzinger era, Klaus Mertes, Doris Wagner, Thomas Doyle, Christa     Pongratz-Lippitt, Marie Collins, Hermann Haering, Wolfgang Beinert, Archbishop Scicluna, Archbishop Gaenswein.
If you have a chance to watch this film you should do it.