Former president Mary McAleese is under attack for her & unfriendly and untrue & # 39; labeling the World Meeting of Families as a "right-wing rally."
Ms. McAleese has been very critical of the meeting that will bring 37,000 people to the RDS in Dublin this week.
She claimed that it was designed to "gather people to motivate them to fight against the tide of same-sex marriage, gay rights, abortion rights, contraception rights".
The WMOF is the reason that Pope Francis travels to Ireland, with the Phoenix Park Mass for 500,000 as the official closing ceremony of the festival. A series of events with workshops, exhibitions, cultural activities and masses are planned between tonight and next Sunday.
Guests come from 116 countries, where the organizers claim that a significant part of the tickets has been sold to people under the age of 30.
Mrs McAleese, however, refuses to attend, although she will be at Castle Castle on Saturday when the government organizes a state ceremony to welcome the Pope.
Senator Rónán Mullen now touches the former president. She suggests that she "offended" thousands of grounded and generous people who come to celebrate their faith and think about what it has to say about their lives as family and their dedication as Christians.
"A quick look at the program for this event and the profile of the people who come will show that Mary McAleese has these people very bad."
In a statement, he noted that Ms. McAleese had the theme of Building Bridges & # 39; used during her 14 years in Áras an Uachtaráin.
& # 39; Build Bridges & # 39; in the past, it meant reaching people you knew you might never agree with, but inventing what you had in common and learning to deal with and ultimately love each other, "he said.
A number of callers to RTÉ's "Liveline" program yesterday also complained about Mrs McAleese's attacks on the Catholic Church. But she did not seem disappointed by the criticism when she spoke to a public in Dublin last night.
She said: "The future church must accept responsibility and take responsibility for the damage it is currently causing by its doctrine [on homosexuality] for young people – our children – our innocent children.
"This synod is a unique opportunity to ensure that the advice given to Pope Francis will help the Church navigate from its current unsustainable doctrine that promotes the evil of homophobia," she said.
And in a documentary to watch on RTÉ One tomorrow night, the mother of a homosexual son will describe how her family feels unwelcome in the church.
In & # 39; Mary McAleese & # 39; s Modern Ireland & # 39; she tells about her pain when airbrushing same-sex couples from promotional material for the papal visit.
Mr. Mullen believes, however, that she is trying to feed a "drumming of negativity to the Pope's visit".
He claims: "Some prominent people feel to chastise the Catholic Church without even acknowledging the tremendous power of goodness and love that the Church has been and still is.
"They are angry at the mockery, without regard to some of these church people for civil law and for the church's own moral doctrine, and many of them believe, like me, that no one keeps knowledge of abuse by the responsible. civilian authorities, everywhere as a bishop must work or have the title of cardinal. & # 39;