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Thursday 21 June 2018

Barring Mary from Vatican insults women

Excluding our former president from speaking at a conference is an affront to those she represents, says Dearbhail McDonald

POPE FRANCIS: How he responds to Mary McAleese’s letter, seeking clarity on her exclusion from the Vatican, will be instructive
POPE FRANCIS: How he responds to Mary McAleese’s letter, seeking clarity on her exclusion from the Vatican, will be instructive
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

What Would Jesus Do? is the phrase much beloved of Christian youth groups that has spawned everything from bumper car stickers to bracelets, books, movies - and plenty of parody offshoots.

I thought of the phrase last week when Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland and a canon law expert, was barred from taking part in a conference on Vatican property, ostensibly for her support of LGBTI people.

Mrs McAleese was barred from addressing the Why Women Matter conference by Cardinal Kevin Farrell - the Irish Vatican official with responsibility for co-ordinating efforts around the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) conference which will be attended by Pope Francis.

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