Feminism in the Church
Breda O’Brien is a well-known Catholic voice and commentator in the media. She was the founder of Feminist for Life of Ireland and is a patron of the Iona Institute, a conservative, Catholic think tank. She is a secondary school teacher, has a column in the Irish Times and writes regularly in the Irish Catholic. She also gave a personal testimony on marriage at the opening ceremony of the Eucharistic Congress.
She has spoken and written about many aspects surrounding the Church and Church teaching, which has caused her to be subjected to criticism, most notably the accusation that she caused a delay in the emergence of the clerical sex abuse scandal. She talks with Miriam Gormally about her role as a public Catholic voice and the difficulties that come with it. Miriam began by first asking her whether people might point to an inherent contradiction in being feminist and being part of a Church that has been known for its patriarchal structures.