College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell will speak on the state of Catholic Ireland this month at the Basilica of Saint Mary, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Titled “Beyond the Vote: Is Catholic Ireland Dead?” the talk will be delivered on Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The talk will delve into last year’s infamous vote in Ireland that repealed the right to life extended to unborn persons in the Irish constitution. After centuries of being a defender and promoter of the Catholic faith, the vote was a blow to Ireland’s rich Catholic past, marking a dark point in its history.
O’Donnell will examine how Ireland got to this devastating point and the links to the same issues occurring in the United States during his talk. Christendom’s president has spoken at length on this topic in the past, providing a rallying cry for Catholics ready to push back against the evils of abortion in Ireland and beyond.
The first layman to receive a doctorate in Ascetical and Mystical Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, O’Donnell was appointed a consulter to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope John Paul II, with Pope Benedict XVI renewing that appointment in 2009. He is the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross and has produced numerous theological and historical programs for EWTN. Dr. O’Donnell and his wife have nine children and reside on their farm in Stephens City, Virginia.