Posts Tagged ‘Mary McAleese’

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

McAleese spat with archbishop over ‘disordered’ language Comments 0

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has been in a testy exchange with a US archbishop over whether homosexuals are “disordered”. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to media about Ms McAleese’s recent claim that the Church’s description of homosexuality as “instrinsically disordered” with a tendency to “evil” led to homophobia. The archbishop stated: “I’ve read Read more

UK bishop questions family synod celibate dominance Comments 1

Friday, October 9th, 2015

An English bishop has admitted that he struggles with the notion of hundreds of celibate men discussing family issues at a synod. Speaking ahead of the synod on the family in Rome, Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton said “there is a bit of an issue”. “I thought I understood marriage and family life because I Read more

Former Irish president says her devout gay son was bullied Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese, has spoken of her son as a devout young Catholic who was made to feel lonely and was bullied because he was gay. Mrs McAleese said her son Justin was a “willing and happy” altar boy and an enthusiastic member of his local Catholic youth club. But he went through Read more