Vatican blocks McAleese from giving keynote speech ‘over views on gay rights’ –

An Irish Cardinal has forced a major international conference on women’s rights to move from the Vatican as he objected to former president Mary McAleese, who is the keynote speaker at the event.


Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who is overseeing the Vatican’s preparations for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August, attempted to block Dr McAleese from addressing the ‘2018 Voices of Faith’ conference, which will take place on International Women’s Day on March 8.

Correspondence seen by the Irish Independent reveals a stand-off occurred between the conference organisers and Cardinal Farrell over his withholding of approval not just for Dr McAleese but two other speakers as well.

The Irish Independent understands that Dr McAleese’s views on gay rights is the reason the prelate objected. She has previously spoken about how son Justin, as a devout young Catholic, was bullied because he was gay.