Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese, who recently completed a semester as a visiting scholar at Boston College, has denounced the Catholic Church for condemning homosexual acts, according to CatholicCulture.
“I don’t like my Church’s attitude to gay people,” McAleese reportedly told the Herald newspaper in Glasgow (later reported in The Irish Times). “I don’t like ‘love the sinner, hate the sin.’ If you are a so-called sinner, who likes to be called that?”
“Things written by [Pope] Benedict, for example, were completely contradictory to modern science and to modern understanding, and to the understanding of most Catholics nowadays in relation to homosexuality,” she reportedly continued. “Nowadays, it is not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered. Homosexual conduct is not seen as evil.”
She also reportedly encouraged Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who last year admitted to sexual improprieties with seminarians, to open up about his sexuality, because his story could provide encouragement for homosexuals.
The Herald reports that McAleese believes that many Catholic priests are homosexuals. “It isn’t so much the elephant in the room,” she reportedly said, “but a herd of elephants.”
The former Irish president told Boston College’s student newspaper in November, “I can’t walk away from the Church, my spiritual home, just like I couldn’t walk away from Northern Ireland, my birthplace.”
She said she would “hang in there.”
“I don’t flatter myself that I’ll be able to do anything in my lifetime,” she said, “but I also believe that if I don’t help plant the seed, then nothing new will grow.”
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