A Church that is right when we are wrong

Dear Editor, According to recent press reports, Mary McAleese said that homosexuality is not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered nowadays, and that things written by figures such as former Pope Benedict are contradictory to the understanding of most Catholics today.

Mary McAleese must surely be aware that the Catholic Church did not invent the Ten Commandments. She inherited them. As he was about to ascend into Heaven, Jesus Christ, God made man, ordered his disciple to “go and teach all nations” until the end of time. At no point did he say listen to all nations, much less, listen to all notions. Mrs McAleese must also be aware of the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

When a Pope speaks on matters of faith and morals he speaks with divine authority. “He who hears you, hears me”. So his voice is to be heard above any other human voice, even that of a former president.

What we need is not a Church that is right when we are right, but a Church that is right when we are wrong. (G.K. Chesterton)

Yours etc.,

Steve McGarry,


Co. Cork.