McAleese quotes Jesuit
In her widely covered and critical speech regarding the treatment of women in the Catholic church, former Irish President Mary McAleese quoted Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon. Having been banned from an International Women’s Day conference at the Vatican because of her support for gay rights, the conference organised by Voices of Faith was instead moved to the Aula of the Jesuit Curia. Speaking on International women’s day, she said that the Catholic Church has “long been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny”.
In this interview, Gerry O’Hanlon explains to Pat Coyle why he thinks Pope Francis is trying to do something quite radical in trying to reconfigure the way the Catholic church operates. And he says the Pope is not getting enough support, in implementing this vision of Vatican II, from bishops and clergy both here and abroad. But first he begins by explaining why Mrs McAleese was referencing him and his initial involvement in bringing the issue of women in the Church to the Jesuit Conference.