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.