Did she lie? Ireland’s former female president claims John Paul II refused to shake her hand

LifeSiteNews | 1/15/2019 | Staff
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BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual former Irish president Mary McAleese, who claims to be Catholic, may have been caught in a lie when she recently told an audience that Pope John Paul II refused to shake her hand.

McAleese, 67, who was president of Ireland, a largely ceremonial position, from November 1997 to November 2011, made headlines last week by claiming that St. John Paul was rude to her because, she insinuated, she was a female leader.

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According to Irish Central and the Boston Globe, McAleese spoke at an event sponsored by the Irish American Partnership detailing sexist slights she claimed to have suffered from prelates, including the late pontiff and the late Cardinal Law of Boston.

McAleese alleged that John Paul II refused to shake her hand when they met, shaking her husband’s hand instead. She alleged also that the late pontiff had asked her husband, “Would you not prefer to be the president of Ireland instead of your wife?”

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McAleese then claimed she reproved the pope, saying: “You would never have done that to a male president. I’m the elected president of Ireland whether you like it or not.”

However, an Irish newspaper account of the 1999 meeting between the pope and the Irish president — the first meeting she had with the Pope as the president of Ireland — tells quite a different story. According to an Irish Independent story dated February 13, 1999, then-President McAleese shook the pope’s hand.

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“The Pope looked frail and walked with the aid of a stick but was clearly in very good form as he held out his hand to greet the President,” the Independent reported.

“Mrs McAleese, her head covered by a fine lace shawl but not her face, shook the outstretched hand firmly and asked the Pontiff...
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