From the Irish Times former president Mary McAleese claims that the Catholic priesthood is based around a 'fundamental lie'. 

By Sarah McDonald

Former president of Ireland and the new Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Mary McAleese has said she believes the Catholic priesthood is based around “a fundamental lie”. 

She told a conference in TCD on Saturday attended by up to 400 people, including the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, that a clericalised priesthood was not attracting vocations today and that many of those who are attracted to priesthood have a “deeply problematic” sexuality because the Church demands that those priests and seminarians who are not heterosexual pretend to be.

Recalling the six years she spent studying for a doctorate in canon law in Rome, living in the environs of a seminary and monastery, she said she had encountered many young seminarians and priests.

“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.” 


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 said that as pastors, “their capacity for dispersing misery is really immense. That worries me greatly.”

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Catholic Priesthood Based Around 'Fundamental Lie'

From the Irish Times former president Mary McAleese claims that the Catholic priesthood is based around a 'fundamental lie'. 

By Sarah McDonald

Former president of Ireland and the new Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Mary McAleese has said she believes the Catholic priesthood is based around “a fundamental lie”. 

She told a conference in TCD on Saturday attended by up to 400 people, including the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, that a clericalised priesthood was not attracting vocations today and that many of those who are attracted to priesthood have a “deeply problematic” sexuality because the Church demands that those priests and seminarians who are not heterosexual pretend to be.

Recalling the six years she spent studying for a doctorate in canon law in Rome, living in the environs of a seminary and monastery, she said she had encountered many young seminarians and priests.

“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.” 


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 said that as pastors, “their capacity for dispersing misery is really immense. That worries me greatly.”

Continue reading @ the Irish Times

1 comment:

  1. All this because a priest isn't allowed to marry. My brother-in-law was an altar boy, was even taken with his twin brother to meet the Pope (John) back in the 80's. Fast forward 30 years that priest is dead but with multiple accusations of abuse leveled at him during the Australian Royal Commission. My BIL says nothing happened but by chance he is now a very well respected psychiatrist who has worked extensively for both the state and federal governments down here. He was asked, in an official capacity to send recommendations to the Royal Commission which he obliged.

    Number one was absolutely NOTHING would change in the RC Church until they allowed priests to marry. He made the sobering assessment that gay men brought up in the stifling culture that Catholicism represented globally when it came to family life left little alternative for many young gay males as well, and as a vocation the priesthood was attractive as it provided an excuse not to seek a spouse or have a family. Tragically this cover was also available to pedophiles who as we all now know have exploited this path with horrendous results.

    And all this because a priest isnt allowed to marry.

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