Ideology and Religion


  • Peadar O’Grady


“The Catholic Church has long since been a primary, global carrier of the toxic virus of misogyny. Its leadership has never sought a cure for that virus though the cure is freely available: its name is equality. Down the two-thousand-year highway of Christian history came the ethereal divine beauty of the nativity, the cruel sacrifice of the crucifixion, the hallelujah of the resurrection and the rallying cry, that wakes me up and gets me through the day each day, of the great commandment to love one another. But, down that same highway came these man-made toxins of misogyny, of homophobia, to say nothing of shameful anti-Semitism, with their legacy of damaged and wasted lives and deeply embedded institutional dysfunction.”

Former President, Mary McAleese on International Women’s Day 2018