Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

McAleese attacks 'misogyny' of church in women's day speech

McAleese attacks 'misogyny' of church in women's day speech

However, this year's event was spurned by Catholic officials, who took exception to the list of speakers - which included Ugandan lesbian Catholic Ssenfuka Joanita Warry, as well as academic Tina Beattie, who has challenged the Church's anti-LGBT rhetoric.

Scheduled to coincide with International Women's Day, a socialist-inspired holiday originally instigated by the Second International Socialist Women's Conference in 1910, the Voices of Faith conference reportedly sought to demand a greater say for women in Church governance.

Former Irish president Mary McAleese who was key speaker at the "Why Women Matter" symposium to mark International Women's Day also called on Pope Francis to tear down the "walls of misogyny" existing in the church.

Pope Francis has declined to attend their meeting or to celebrate Mass for those attending. She criticised the church's "man-made toxins of misogyny, of homophobia, to say nothing of shameful antisemitism, with their legacy of damaged and wasted lives and deeply embedded institutional dysfunction".

MARY McAleese has slated the Catholic Church as "one of the last great bastions of misogyny", arguing that its ban on female priests is "pure codology".

"Our voices stir the winds of change, so we must speak out", McAleese said. The event has been moved across the street to the headquarters of the Jesuit religious order.

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"We don't want to be what the Pope describes as 'the strawberry on the cake". Her son Justin McAleese is gay.

On the role of women in the Catholic Church, McAleese said: "There are so few leadership roles now available to women".

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

It added: "We live in times marked by change, but there are places where gender equality is being systematically overlooked". That was the same year the Episcopal Church in the United States voted to admit women to the priesthood, so the Vatican statement was a clear sign that a rift was opening up between Catholicism and mainline Protestantism that would only grow wider, in many respects, as the years passed.

"We feel we have reached a crisis point".

"Yet our Church insists on flying on one wing, overlooking and wasting the talents and insights of so many wonderful, faithful, Godly women. Why? I think of the irony there, I don't think it's lost on people".

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