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Dr Mary McAleese pictured at a church in Lowell, MA (Credit: room50.wordpress)

Former Irish president Mary McAleese would be the perfect pick for first female cardinal

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Dr Mary McAleese pictured at a church in Lowell, MA (Credit: room50.wordpress)

“And how can we now trust the judgment of the people we’ve learned, to our cost, cannot be trusted in matters of children and abusive priests? Why should they continue to make decisions for the 1.2 billion of us on the same terms as before?"

She said however she could never deny her faith, "...I can’t walk away from the Church, my spiritual home, just like I couldn’t walk away from Northern Ireland, my birthplace. I had to hang in there and see if I could make some sort of contribution. I don’t flatter myself that I’ll be able to do anything in my lifetime, but I also believe that if I don’t help plant the seed, then nothing new will grow.”

Articulate, considered , brilliant, McAleese would transform the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis should really take a chance.

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