The former Irish president Mary McAleese is under attack for her & unfriendly and untrue & # 39; labeling of the World Meeting of the family as a "right rally."
Ms. McAleese, from Belfast, was very critical of the meeting, which 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 World Meeting of Families is the reason that Pope Francis travels to Ireland, with the Phoenix Park Mass for 500,000 as the official final ceremony of the festival.
Mrs McAleese refuses to attend, although she will be at Castle Castle on Saturday when the Irish government organizes a state ceremony to welcome the pope.
The Irish senator Ronan Mullen struck the ex-president and suggested that they "insulted thousands of grounded and generous people who celebrate their faith and think about what it has to say about their lives as a family and their commitment as Christians".
"A quick look at the program for this event and the profile of the people who come will show that Mary McAleese is very wrong with these people," said Mr. Mullen.
In a statement, he noted that Ms. McAleese had the theme of Building Bridges & # 39; used as president during her 14 years. "Building bridges" used to mean reaching people with whom you knew you might never agree, but finding out what you had in common and learning to deal with and ultimately love, each other, "he added. toe.
A number of callers to RTE's Liveline program yesterday also complained about Mrs McAleese's attacks on the Catholic Church. But during an event in Dublin last night, she did not seem reluctant to criticism. She told an audience: "The future church must accept the damage it is currently causing through its teachings (about homosexuality) to 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 to get out of its current untenable teaching that leads to the evil of homophobia," she said.
And in a documentary due to the ether on RTE One tomorrow, Ms. McAleese, the mother of a homosexual son, will describe how her family feels unwelcome in the Catholic Church.
In Mary McAleese & # 39; s Modern Ireland she talks about her pain when airbrushing same-sex couples from promotional material for the papal visit.
However, Mr. Mullen believes that she is feeding a "drumming flare of negativity to the Pope's visit". He claims: "Some prominent people feel to chastise the Catholic Church without recognizing the enormous 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;