Vatican ‘banned’ International Women’s Day event because one of the speakers was a lesbian

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The Pope refused to attend a Catholic International Women’s Day event and the Vatican refused to host it because the speaker from Uganda Ssenfuka Joanita Warry identifies as a gay woman. According to the BBC, this year’s meeting was instead taking place in the headquarters of the Jesuit religious order, across the road from Vatican City. Pope Francis declined to attend the meeting, and refused to hold a Mass for its attendees. Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland, hit out at homophobia and misogyny in Catholic environment, she believes that the church won’t have any future if she does not reject stereotypes. McAleese has been a prominent and outspoken supporter of LGBT equality and the proud mother of a gay son named Justin. “God gave us two wings so that humanity could soar to great heights and feel the power and see the beauty of his creation in all its wonder. Yet our Church insists on flying on one wing, overlooking and wasting the talents and insights of so many wonderful, faithful, Godly women. Why? Can this tragic dysfunction really be what God wants? I think not. Let us now begin to imagine a completely different future,” she said

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