“Final Line Of Least Resistance”


Martin and Mary McAleese

This morning.

Patsy McGarry, in The Irish Times, reports that former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has threatened to leave the Catholic Church.

It follows an inquiry concluding that the founder of  L’Arche Community Jean Vanier, who died aged 90 in Paris last May, sexually abused at least six women between 1970 and 2005.

Mr McGarry reports that Ms McAleese is threatening to leave if it transpires that the Vatican failed to act to protect members of the L’Arche Community, which assists people with disabilities.

He reports:

She said people should have been alerted to “the known predatory activities” of the community’s founder Jean Vanier and his mentor, Dominican priest Fr Thomas Philippe.

“I have to say that this will be my final line of least resistance. I could not in conscience continue to support an institution capable of such gross negligence,” Mrs McAleese said in the letter.

…She asked “what steps if any did the Holy See take to interrupt the growth of the powerful cult of Vanier by warning the many good men and women who trusted him in good faith that he had an alarming past?”

“I am one of those who regarded Vanier as inspirational for decades,” she said. “Hearing last week the awful story of his sexually and spiritually abusive conduct was devastating. Even worse was learning that the Holy See had been aware since the 1950s of his malevolent proclivities and those of his colleague Pere Thomas Phillippe.”


McAleese threatens to leave Catholic Church if Vanier story not explained (Patsy McGarry, The Irish Times)

Previously: The Magdalene Report: A Conclusion


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11 thoughts on ““Final Line Of Least Resistance”

  1. Rob_G

    I mean – good for her for finally going clear, but the RCC facilitating paedos and abusers my moving them from parish to parish has been public knowledge for 20 years at least; she’s a bit late to the party.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      better late than never,
      she’ll find The RCC won’t give a fupp, they don’t care about anything but money and power

  2. RuilleBuille

    Her husband stated in his report on the Magdalene laundries that “ill treatment, physical punishment and abuse… was not something experienced in the Magdalene laundries”.

    We know that is a lie particularly after Tuam.

    1. Cú Chulainn

      What a brazen cheek of this one. Her husband wrote the most incredible pack of lies to protect the church and cover up abuse. And she takes issue with this..??? Walk on lady.. and keep walking..
      Ps: I know it’s offensive.. but I’d bet she’s annoyed that he never gave her the ride..

  3. Paulus

    I thought the RC’s attitude was that;
    “You can check out any time you like – but you can never leave”.

  4. Lilly

    Why doesn’t she join Church of Ireland. They do a lovely Sunday gig and their choirs are always better.

    1. Ringsend Incinerator

      And she knows the taste of that communion bread already …. nmmm, nmmm,

  5. V

    Ah here

    Absolutely desperate

    Can they not just built a statue of her somewhere and let her go and worship herself there
    Away from us

    Like in Roscommon

  6. Ringsend Incinerator

    For the love of God GO before the transfer window closes. She’s look good in a hijab.

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