Former Irish President Mary McAleese has described the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality as “evil”.
But McAleese also said that she was hopeful that the Pope Francis will eventually change the Church’s homophobic attitudes.
She said that Pope Francis “exploded that myth” that the Church can’t be changed and she believed he could now rid the Church of its “homophobic messages”.
The former Irish President also accused the Pope of having “bad manners” and being “disrespectful” for failing to reply to a letter she recently wrote to him. She had penned him a letter after an attempt was made to exclude her from an international women’s conference in Rome.
“I had faith in this pope and it would be wrong to say anything other than I am disappointed,” she said.
McAleese made her comments when receiving the inaugural Vanguard award for her support for the LGBT community.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Sarah Williams, chairperson of the Board of the GAZE LGBT Film Festival said: “Dr McAleese’s unwavering support for the advancement of the LGBT+ community has been widely acknowledged and praised, and we felt very strongly that we wanted to present her with this award this evening to mark her achievements.”
And Filmmaker John Butler said: “It’s an honour to present this award to a life-long hero of mine, what an inspiration and what a contribution to Irish life!” Source
Just imagine for a second if Mary McAleese had described the teaching of Islam on homosexuality as “evil” or the teaching of Judaism on homosexuality as “evil” – can you just imagine the ruckus? But the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality (or anything else) well, that’s fair game. No hate speech here, move along.
You must not say a word out of place about Islam or Judaism, on pain of being labelled Islamophobic or Anti-Semitic, and finding yourself the subject of a police complaint. But anti-Catholic? Bring it on…
Is there any point in lodging an official complaint about Mary McAleese’s bigotry, her attack on the Church which, if applied to any other religion would fall foul of ‘hate crime’ laws – or will Catholics simply do what we’ve always done, turn the other cheek, make every attempt to “love our enemy” – and, believe me, McAleese is an enemy of the Catholic Faith. Mind you, so is Pope Francis, whom she applauds for his attempts to change Catholic teaching. Now that he’s undermined traditional teaching on capital punishment, is the ultra-feminist/pro-“gay” former Irish President likely to see a similar change to the Catechism paragraphs on homosexuality? Don’t get me wrong; no pope has the authority to change the moral law, and when good order is restored to the Church, the damage done by this disgraceful pontiff will be put right. No question about it. Still, given that he has form on “revising” the Catechism, might he re-write the prohibition of homosexual activity, just for the hell of it (so to speak…)
Share your thoughts – which is worse: the bigoted, hate-filled Mary McAleese, or her sometime idol, Papa Francis? Or, is it a case of “you pays your money and you takes your pick…”?