Sunday 24 September 2017

McAleese on wobbly ground

Madam -- In her recent television interview with Gay Byrne (RTE 1), Mary McAleese asserted that she supports gay marriage. "I'm just thrilled anyone wants to get married," she said, adding that marriage is "a great grace".

Am I alone in thinking this confusing? Is this the same person, I wonder, who, while participating in a radio programme on the pastoral letter of the Irish bishops called Love is for Life, was adamant in her objections to divorce? Throughout that programme she appeared to fully support the stance of her Church. For emphasis she elaborated on her position when she added that she did not want to "shift the ground for all of us".

Having paid close attention to the TV interview and the reports thereon, I'm left wondering what she thinks she is doing now, with her recent pronouncements, or is the ground so hopelessly wobbly at this stage that she is convinced that it doesn't matter any more?

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