The former Irish President accused Catholic church of being evil to gay people

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Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has lashed out at the Catholic Church for its cruel attitude to LGBT people and expressed expectations that the current Pope is going to change this situation. McAleese’s comments came ahead of the Pope’s visit to Ireland last week. The former President, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights who successfully campaigned for the Yes side when Ireland was making decision about same-sex marriages being legally recognized, says that the Pope is already progressive enough in some issues that had been previously judged from the conservative point of view (like death penalty), which gives LGBT people a hope. McAleese, who was speaking as she accepted the Vanguard Award at the Gaze LGBT Film Festival in Dublin, said that the excuse often given by the Church was that Catholic doctrines could not be changed. The Pope’s comments about the death penalty, she said, showed that they could. At the time, she said: “We are family and that is what we will be showcasing – showcasing Ireland at its absolute best.”

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