Posts Tagged ‘Mary McAleese’

Conscience and Vatican persecution of Fr Seán Fagan Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Marking the opening of the new legal year in October, the Vatican’s diplomatic representative in Ireland, Archbishop Jude Okolo, reminded legal practitioners that justice “rests on respect for human rights, assuring that people’s natural and objective rights are not trampled upon”. Indeed. The institution Archbishop Okolo represents displays a breathtaking disrespect for human rights, trampling Read more

McAleese says comment on St John Paul II being misrepresented Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Former president Mary McAleese has told the country’s most senior Catholic bishops that she is being wrongly accused of misrepresenting Saint John Paul II’s views on sexual relationships. She told the prelates, including the Papal Nuncio, that her critics had taken out of context her recent comment that the Catholic Church was deliberately making women Read more

Mary McAleese wins prestigious Catholic theology prize Comments 0

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Alfons Auer Ethics Prize. The award will be presented to Dr McAleese at a ceremony at the University of Tübingen in Germany on 30 October. Leading US moral theologian Professor Hille Haker of Loyola University in Chicago will deliver the commendation Read more

Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change, says former Irish President Mary McAleese. Focusing on homosexuality, she says she cannot go to the World Meeting of Families when the Pope visits Ireland in August, as it does not include LGBTI people. In her view, the Church’s “evil” teaching on homosexuality gave rise to Read more

Ireland’s former president: baptism forces babies to be Catholic Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese, says baptising babies is a violation of their human rights. By baptising children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience,” she says. “You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old Read more

Pope must develop a credible strategy to include women Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Ireland’s former president wants Pope Francis to develop a credible strategy to include women at every level in the Catholic Church’s global structure. Mary McAleese says women’s exclusion from decision-making roles “has left the church flapping about awkwardly on one wing.” Read more Related Posts:Vatican bans Mary McAleese from women’s day conferenceMore youth, women needed Read more

Artificial contraception ban challenged Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Artificial contraception and the Catholic church’s ban on it is the subject of  a statement challenging the church’s  ruling. Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese,  is among more than 100 international Catholic academics who have signed a ‘Scholars’ Statement’ challenging the church’s stance. Prepared by independent think tank the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, it will Read more

Late Marist priest broken by Vatican, former president says Comments 0

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A Marist priest and theologian who died last week in Dublin had his heart and spirit broken by the Vatican, a former president of Ireland has said. Mary McAleese was speaking of the late Fr Seán Fagan, who died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin last Friday. For many years he was critical of Vatican Read more

Irish hierarchy saw opposition to clericalism as secularism Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A former president of Ireland has said that an entrenched clericalism in that country used to view any opposition to itself as militant secularism. Speaking in an interview on the Crux website, Mary McAleese said Ireland had, at least in part, been dissuaded from anti-immigrant movements because of its rich Christian culture. She was asked Read more

Church attitude to smacking kids raised with Pope Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has raised the issue of the Church’s attitude to corporal punishment of children with Pope Francis. Ms McAleese’s revelation that she did this came as Ireland’s parliament last week removed the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement” of children. In an interview, the former Irish president said she raised with Read more