Catholic paper refuses ad for McAleese event

Irish Times

Padraig Collins

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

An Australian Catholic newspaper has refused to run an advertisement for an event featuring former President Mary McAleese because of her views on homosexuality and the ordination of women.

Ms McAleese is the guest of Catholic think-tank, Catalyst For Renewal, at an interview and open forum in Sydney next week.

The organisation’s aim is to “prompt open exchanges among the community of believers”.

But Catholic Weekly editor Peter Rosengren said it would not accept an advert for the event because of Ms McAleese’s views.

“She is reported as being in favour of ordination of women as Catholic priests and in favour of homosexuality – whatever that actually means,” Mr Rosengren told the Sydney-based Irish Echo newspaper.

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