Tina Beattie is Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing and of Catherine of Siena College, both based at the University of Roehampton. Much of her research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics; Catholic social teaching and women’s rights, and theology and the visual arts. She has a keen interest in Marian theology, art and devotion, and in the relationship between medieval mysticism, sacramental theology, and psychoanalytic theory.
Her doctoral research was on the theology and symbolism of the Virgin Mary, drawing on the psycholinguistic theory of Luce Irigaray as a resource for the analysis of Christian writings on Mary and Eve in the early Church and in recent Catholic theology. Her thesis formed the basis of her book, God’s Mother, Eve’s Advocate (Continuum 2002), and these ideas are further developed in New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory’ (Routledge 2006). Her latest research monograph, Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also the author of The New Atheists (Darton, Longman & Todd 2007; Orbis Books 2008). She has co-edited several books and has published articles in numerous journals and edited collections.
Tina is a contributor to The Tablet, The Guardian online, The Conversation, and several other publications. Television and radio appearances include BBC1, BBC2, Sky News and Al Jazeera, BBC Radio 4 (including ‘Thought for the Day’), BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and RTE (Ireland). She has given talks and lectures in many different countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Sweden and the United States.
Ph.D., University of Bristol, Theology, 1998
Catholic social teaching and women’s reproductive health; Thomas Aquinas; Jacques Lacan; gender, art and symbolism in the Catholic tradition, with a particular emphasis on the Virgin Mary; feminist theology and theory; theology and human rights.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Former President, Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain
Member of the Society for the Study of Theology
Member of European Theology Society
Member of the American Academy of Religion
Member of the Bioethics Subcommittee, National Board of Catholic Women
Trustee, the Centre for Marian Studies
Trustee, The Tablet
Catherine Cavanagh, DMin, is an Ontario high school teacher and chaplaincy leader. She began her career teaching high school mathematics in Malawi and Zimbabwe before moving to Brockville to take on a position as a French teacher in 1992. After spending several summers as a chaplain in a Catholic summer camp, she was drawn back to her studies through a deepening interest in theology, social justice, and ministry. Eventually this led her to make the leap from teaching to school chaplaincy. She obtained her Masters of Theological Studies from Queen’s University in 2009, and her Doctorate of Ministry from Regis College, University of Toronto in 2016. Today she enjoys engaging students in social justice activities, and providing pastoral care within the high school community, while continuing to teach courses on Religion and Ethics.
Catherine’s articles and stories on spirituality, social justice, Catholic education, gender issues and current affairs have appeared in Weavings: The Journal of the Spiritual Life, The Catholic Register, The Catholic New Times, DIsciplesWorld, Devozine, Messenger of the Sacred Heart, Religious Studies Review, and Upper Room Disciplines. A collection of her articles was published in book form as Soul Side: Articles of Faith (Butternut Publishing, 2010), and was shortlisted for the Canadian Christian Writers Award in the category of Christian Living. She has also received awards from OECTA and the Associated Church Press for her writing. She presents workshops on spirituality, social justice, and conscience to both students and teachers.
Catherine is the Canadian representative for Catholic Women Speak, an international organization that works towards empowering Catholic women. One of her pieces appeared in the group’s first book Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press, 2015). She believes in the importance of dialogue and conversation as a means of both strengthening the Church and addressing the multiple issues of injustice in our world.
Catherine is currently working on a book on questions of belonging and inclusion in diversely populated Catholic high schools. She believes that an ethic of hospitality should be primordial in Catholic schools. All students, regardless of ability, wealth, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or any other marker of difference should know they belong in our schools. She teaches that we are each called to be ‘Border People’, to reach across the barriers of our difference to welcome each other and live in communities of solidarity.
Catherine is married to Brian Carroll and is blessed with two adult children, Deborah and Luke.