Posts Tagged ‘Mary McAleese’

Artificial contraception ban challenged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pope is right – smacking your kids is sometimes OK

Friday, February 13th, 2015

One good thing has come out of the fuss over the pope’s comments about it being ok to smack your children (so long as their dignity is maintained); it has flushed out the former Irish president, Mary McAleese, as tiresomely conventional in much the same way as her predecessor, Mary Robinson – the very incarnation of PC. Read more

McAleese says dealing with hierarchy like shouting at kids

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has told a Sydney audience trying to be heard by the Church hierarchy is like shouting at children. About 1000 people at the Sydney Town Hall on September 7 heard her argue for a greater role for women in the Church. “The old boys’ club are going to have to Read more

Sydney Catholic paper refuses to advertise McAleese event

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Sydney’s Catholic Weekly newspaper is refusing to run an advertisement for an event at which former Irish president Mary McAleese will speak. The reasons cited by Catholic Weekly editor Peter Rosengren are Ms McAleese’s views on homosexuality and the ordination of women. Ms McAleese is the guest of Catholic think-tank, Catalyst For Renewal, and will Read more