BY: Harry Brent The Irish Post November 04, 2019
Speaking at a conference in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on Saturday, where she now works as Chancellor, McAleese suggested that those attracted to priesthood within the Church have “deeply problematic” sexualities because those who aren’t heterosexual are told and expected to pretend to be.
She referenced the time she spent in Rome, studying for a doctorate in canon law, where she witnessed many dysfunctional young seminarians and priests, according to the Irish Independent.
“I became very much aware of the dysfunction at the heart of seminary life and the dysfunction at the heart of much of the priesthood,” said McAleese.
“The number of fake-hetero misogynistic homophobic gays I met frightened me. The homophobia of people who are gay is a lie – it is a vicious lie. But they live it and in living it, apart from making themselves miserable, they also make a lot of other people miserable.”
She added that as pastors, “their capacity for dispersing misery is really immense. That worries me greatly.”
McAleese also said that the practice of excluding women from priesthood was a harmful “invention” of the Church and would soon be eradicated, much like the construct the church invented for using castrati up to 1917, in order to prevent women singing in church choirs.
The conference, called ‘Women the Vatican Couldn’t Silence’, saw a number of theologians and religious figures attend, including Sr Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun and American theologian.
Sr Chittister, who was threatened with excommunication in 2001 over her attendance in Ireland of the first conference of Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) said women’s role in the church today is “invisible” and that the catholic church “is a wholly owned subsidiarity of pious males”.
I have not been a great fan of Mary McAleese.
However, she hits the nail on the head with this piece.
The RC priesthood is a very very dysfunctional body at present.
You have actively gay men, involved in internet and sauna sex, putting on collars one day a week and condemning homosexuality.
You have seminaries which are basically gay knocking shops.
And all this wile continuing to exclude women from ordination and the exercise of authority.
And also continuing to allow men to marry.
Which is more serious – a promiscuous gay priesthood or a priesthood containing men who are in loving marriages and the fathers of children?
Anyway, the emperors clothes are already off and the priesthood as we know it is dying.