Launch of Quo Vadis by Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese’s book, Quo Vadis, is being launched on Saturday 20 October in Marianella, Orwell Rd, at 12.30pm. Members of the ACP who wish to attend are welcome

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  1. Her book thrusts Mary McAleese into a new role as an outstanding theological voice. The gimlet eye of Canon Law has rarely been put to such good use.
    The root of the current disaster is the nervous reaction of Paul VI to effective collegiality (surfacing in the infamous “black week” at the Council in November 1964). Humanae Vitae was another step in that direction — a dead letter as far as its ban on contraceptives goes (though with destructive consequence in Africa and the Philippines), but very significant ecclesiologically (where its practical consequences as regards episcopal appointments and persecution of theologians have been dire).

  2. Here is a fan letter from politics;ie:
    I wish I could link this programme which was on RTE 1, ‘The Meaning of Life’, with Gay Byrne, guest Mary McAleese, just now to those of you who have not seen it, but I’m computer illiterate as you well know so perhaps some kind person might do so, if there is an interest.
    As an atheist, I have to say I sat down to watch more out of boredom than anything else, and found myself totally and utterly astounded by our former President’s views on the Catholic Church, her forthrightness on the faults of the church, the misogyny of the church, the arrogance of the ‘princes’ of the church, her amazing career in Law and her recent study and degree in Canon Law. Her book Quo Vadis I must read when I can afford it or someone lends to me.
    What I loved about her was her complete and genuine love of all peoples. Her fight for the rights of Gay couples to marry, her understanding of their persecution and terrible unhappiness over the centuries because of church laws, all church laws, but most of all her love of Jesus and his words.
    I have always spoken out about my great admiration and love for Jesus, the man. She did too. She accepts he is God. I don’t. She believes in transubstantiaton. I don’t. But it didn’t matter because when it came down to it, I agreed with her on where it mattered. To love one another. To love our enemy. To show no hatred. No bigotry. To share, to commune with all others.
    I am now completely besotted with Mary McAleese. Wonderful woman. Wonderful advert for a true Christian church. The complete and utter opposite to some of those who speak out here about what it means to be a Christian, and her intelligence just shines out of her like a beacon. And all intersperced with great good humour.

  3. Soline and Sean,
    Thank you for the link to the interview — absolutely excellent! I have been able to share it with many like-minded people.

  4. Gene Carr says:

    Watching the interview with Gay Byrne, together with the earlier radio interview with Pat Kenny brought to mind words that I think were attributed to Charles Pegey concerning ‘Liberal/progressives’: “See these liberals! They have clean hands!! But alas–they have no hands”.

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