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Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan'

Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan'

“My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.”

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FORMER IRISH PRESIDENT Mary McAleese has defended her comments about the Catholic Church’s attitudes to women, while revealing her brother was abused by a priest.

Speaking in Rome last week, McAleese said that she believed women should be ordained as priests.

“Pope Francis has said that the issue of women’s ordination isn’t up for discussion, that women are permanently excluded from priesthood.

“I believe that women should be ordained, I believe the theology on which that is based is pure codology. I’m not even going to be bothered arguing it. Sooner or later it’ll fall apart, fall asunder under its own dead weight.”

She said that many in the Church had made Jesus Christ a “rather unattractive politician who is just misogynistic and homophobic and anti-abortion”.

The former President, a devout Catholic, today defended those comments and spelled out her frustrations with the Catholic Church. In a wide-ranging, emotional interview she told Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One that she felt free to make the comments.

“I’m asking you a question now – do you think there’s a book somewhere – have you seen a book of phrases that are appropriate for ex-Presidents to use?

“I don’t think there is. I’m not speaking as a President or ex-President, I’m speaking as a member of the church.

“My church tells me I have a duty to offer my opinion on matters that I believe are for the good of the church.”

McAleese said that women had “drifted” from the church and said that the church would “pay a price for that”.

She said the hierarchical church needed a major overhaul, but paid tribute to the pastoral church, which she said was “infused with love”.

Abuse

McAleese became upset when asked about Malachy Finnegan. Fr Malachy Finnegan, who died in 2002, was a teacher at St Colman’s College in Newry from 1967 to 1976. Abuse claims against him were detailed in a BBC Spotlight programme in February. The revelation that John McAreavey had officiated at the funeral mass of Finnegan led to his resignation as bishop of Dromore earlier this month.

McAleese said that Finnegan’s abuse had touched her family.

My youngest brother, my baby brother, the youngest of nine children, was seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan.
My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.

“My wonderful and so loved brother…to think that he never felt he could tell anyone…”

McAleese said that the abuse went on for her brother’s entire time at the school.

“The first complaints about Malachy Finnegan go back to the 1970s, which means there is a body of evidence of people able to do something about this, but didn’t.”

She said that there is “very serious questions to be asked” and said that it “shouts for an inquiry”.

The 8th

She went on to say that she believes that the debate on Eighth Amendment should take heed of the opinions of obstetricians who believe the law fails in its stated aims of protecting women.

She said that “at the moment” that testimony is “quite compelling” and has raised questions for her. However she said it was “infinitely more complicated” than the same-sex marriage debate.

“I would say very strongly that we’re being offered two models – a medical intervention model and it may very well be that that is so tightly drawn that obstetricians say a mother’s life is at stake.

“The move to a non-medical model – where a foetus is healthy – is quite a jump for the Irish people. But that is a matter for the Oireachtas.

She said that she had a “lot of reading to do” before the vote, but said that she would not be involved in the campaign in any way.

Source - http://www.thejournal.ie/mary-mcaleese-abuse-revelations-3898633-Ma...

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Comment by jack colleton on March 12, 2018 at 22:00
My youngest brother, my baby brother, the youngest of nine children, was seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan.
My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.

“My wonderful and so loved brother…to think that he never felt he could tell anyone…”

McAleese said that the abuse went on for her brother’s entire time at the school.

“The first complaints about Malachy Finnegan go back to the 1970s, which means there is a body of evidence of people able to do something about this, but didn’t.”

She said that there is “very serious questions to be asked” and said that it “shouts for an inquiry”.

Comment by Teri on March 13, 2018 at 15:49

Whilst I applaud the bravery of Mary McAleese's brother - he went public - he did not go to the Devout Catholic sister perhaps because he knew that Devout Catholics were protecting the abusers. Mary McAleese sat for two terms as President of Ireland - during that time there were countless abused raped children of Ireland speaking out - the Magdalene Launderies enquiry that her husband Senator McAleese did a sketchy investigation on and within days resigned his position as Senator - No one could, therefore, challenge him.  This is the first enquiry that Mary McAleese is calling for - perhaps because her young brother was hurt - no reflection on that young man - he went public with the story perhaps because he feared he would be silenced.

Comment by jack colleton on March 13, 2018 at 21:29

Wow.  Awesome Response Message!

Comment by Rob Northall on March 14, 2018 at 0:50

Somewhat more accurate reporting??

Mary McAleese: My youngest brother was abused by paedophile priest

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A former Irish president has revealed her youngest brother was “seriously, physically, sadistically” abused by a paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan.

Mary McAleese said her brother only revealed the abuse at the age of 49.

She said the physical abuse happened throughout his seven years at St Colman’s College in Newry, where Finnegan – who died in 2002 – taught for 20 years.

Mrs McAleese said: “My baby brother, the youngest of nine children was seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan.”



There is a body of information known to people who could have done something about it but, didn’t

Mary McAleese

She said her mother only found out three weeks ago.

Four of the former president’s five brothers attended St Colman’s.

She choked back tears as she talked about the impact on her family.

“My wonderful, beautiful and as you can imagine the youngest of the family so incredibly loved by all of us, to think that he suffered and never felt that he could tell anyone,” she told RTE.

Opportunities to take action were missed, she said.

Mrs McAleese added: “It was known and as he pointed out so many people had to have known, so many people who could have done something about it.

“We know the very first complaints about Malachy Finnegan go back to the 1970s, not the 1990s at all which means there is a body of information known to people who could have done something about it but, didn’t.”

JDr John McAreavey who was Bishop of Dromore in Northern Ireland, prior to his resignation following claims he celebrated Mass alongside Fr Malachy Finnegan, a priest he knew was a paedophile (Niall Carson/PA)
Dr John McAreavey who was Bishop of Dromore in Northern Ireland, prior to his resignation following claims he celebrated Mass alongside Fr Malachy Finnegan, a priest he knew was a paedophile (Niall Carson/PA)

Finnegan, who taught at St Colman’s from 1967 to 1976 has been linked to a catalogue of physical and emotional abuse against pupils.

Earlier this month Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey resigned after it emerged he had decided to celebrate Mass with Finnegan in 2002, despite being aware of his past.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has repeated calls for a public inquiry into clerical child abuse.

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said: “We extend our solidarity to Mrs McAleese’s family at this time of great pain for them and many other families, coming to grips with the knowledge that loved ones were left to suffer grievously.

“Sadly, the Father Finnegan abuse scandal is not an isolated case. It is the latest example of how paedophile priests appear to have been facilitated by the Catholic Church authorities in continuing their criminal behaviour.

“Amnesty has written to the Secretary of State to ask her establish a public inquiry into the state and church response to clerical child abuse in Northern Ireland.

“The Irish government established three separate inquiries into clerical child abuse. In Northern Ireland, there has been no similar inquiry and it now falls to the Secretary of State to put that right.”

Source - https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/2018/03/12/mary-mcaleese-my-youn...


Comment by Rob Northall on March 14, 2018 at 1:02

Have to agree with Teri above!

If it wasn't in the public domain would she even acknowledge it?

Comment by Teri on March 14, 2018 at 1:33

Yes Jack & Rob - if it wasn't public she would not have said a word - Will she challenge Archbishop Martin on his coverup in the Republic where she was President?

Comment by Barbie on March 14, 2018 at 9:30

Well said Teri, and remember she was the President of Ireland when Bertie Ahern was Taoiseach and said and did nothing when the indemnity deal was been cooked up, she did nothing then or now for abuses children of the religious. She like all the rest kept her mouth closed when it wasn't in her interest to say a word at the time.

Comment by jack colleton on March 14, 2018 at 10:45

Indeed Barbie.  Seemly Concerned Only Now On Account Of Her Brother's Revelations. Can People Not Have Empathy For Others Before Hearing Somebody In Their Family Has Suffered In Some Way Or Another?  Men's Issues Should Have Mattered Long Ago To The Fallen President Of Ireland.

Comment by jack colleton on March 14, 2018 at 10:52

Public Domain Is The Place To Out Stuff. It Is Not Unusual For Other Members Of The Same Family To Also Suffer Abuse By The Same Person (Father Or Priest For Example) And None Talks Until One Finds Courage.

Comment by jack colleton on March 14, 2018 at 14:58

Anybody Who Goes Public May Expect To Be Punished For Their "Sins".  Wonder If Other Brothers Will Speak Out?  Where They Also Abused Too? 

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