International Women's Day event banned from Vatican over lesbian speaker

Ivan Schwartz
March 11, 2018

Irish-born USA cardinal Kevin Farrell, a senior official at the Vatican, said it was "not appropriate" for the trio to take part in the conference.

McAleese, who supports gay marriage and the ordination of women as priests, said the church's ban on a female priesthood had "locked women out of any significant role in the church's leadership, doctrinal development and authority structure", reported Reuters.

The Church teaches that women can not be ordained priests because Jesus chose only men as his apostles.

"Some of them serve in the homes of bishops or cardinals, others work in the kitchens of church institutions or teach".

Speaking on Today with Sean O' Rourke, Justin McAleese said his mother is committed to the Catholic Church, and she is a product of the Catholic education system.

Pope Francis repeatedly has affirmed that verdict, insisting that John Paul II closed the door on the question of women priests and it's not going to be reopened. After a proposed speakers' list was returned from the Vatican missing three of the original names, however, event organizers chose to hold the conference elsewhere so they could participate.

Many in the audience were nuns, who cheered on the speakers who demanded more rights for women in the Church.

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The Church, she said, "has kept Christ out and kept bigotry in".

McAleese's allegation that the church is misogynistic stemmed not only from the lack of women in leadership, but also from their pro-life stance. "Get it going. Put the fuel in the engine!"

Ireland's President Mary McAleese attends a welcoming ceremony in Luxembourg, October 14, 2009.

Speaking at the Foreign Press Association in Rome, she criticised the "patronising platitudes that we have heard from a succession of popes and cardinals" about women.

Calling Pope Francis, "a reforming pope", McAleese challenged him to commit to "real, practical action on behalf of women".

McAleese suggested that moving past the priesthood debate is largely a matter of strategy, not substance.

"Start the process", she said. "If you mean what you say about the skills, the genius, the mystery of women, then tell us, how you intend to deploy it?" However, it's a question that nearly certainly won't go away - and, this time, repeating the teaching of Inter Insigniores and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, by itself, won't supply an answer.

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