Mary Magdalene

Posted on 05. Mar, 2020, in Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church2 Comments

As the topic of women in the Church comes to the fore, we take a look back at this piece about Mary Magdalene from March 2005, around the time of the publication of ‘The Da Vinci Code’. She has been referred to the second most important women in the New Testament after Mary, the mother of Jesus. Wilfred Harrington, an Irish Dominican Priest and lecturer in Theology and Philosophy, talks about the misconception of Mary Magdalene as the reformed prostitute and suggests instead that she had a mental illness that was cured by Jesus. Miriam Gormally asks about the reasons behind this misconception and if there is any truth in the suggestion by ‘The Da Vinci Code’ that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.

2 responses to “Mary Magdalene”

  1. Michael O'Sullivan, SJ says:

    Wonderful interview with Wilfrid. Like Wilfrid, I have been trying for very many years to get across the message that there is no evidence that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs correspondent for the Irish Times claimed many years ago that I was hectoring him when I made this point to him after he wrote in that way about her. I thought he might wish to avoid embarrassing himself with informed readers saying such things in his role, but….

  2. Michael O'Sullivan, SJ says:

    I meant to add in my previous comment that Patsy McGarry said to me that if i was correct, then how come there are Magdalene laundries! This comment and the one i mentioned in my earlier comment just now were made to me in a brief letter.

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