..."The archbishop also admitted that misogyny “is present in the Church” and he warned that there was a danger that an all-male priesthood could become “a men’s club”.
He recalled his time in Rome and said: “There was a misogynist culture there in the Vatican.
“Misogyny is really about men feeling that they are in charge; feeling that they have particular rights.”
In an interview with RTE Radio’s Miriam O’Callaghan Show, he added: “I think all of us have to examine our consciences to see where we are on this.”
Asked by O’Callaghan if he thought he would ever see female priests in his own lifetime, Dr Martin replied: “No.”
However, he said he would like there to be “a much stronger female presence in the Church” and he said he believed this was “achievable, even with a male priesthood”.
“Misogynism is a sign of human immaturity and that is a worry. If there are priests who are misogynists then it means they are not mature in themselves and that they haven’t ever had healthy relations with women or don’t understand that.”
Speaking later after Easter Sunday Mass, the archbishop highlighted that Mrs McAleese had quoted his remarks on women’s low standing in the Church and alienation during her address in Rome.
Archbishop Martin, who is president of the World Meeting of Families gathering in August, also said there was no way that the Pope wouldn’t address the issue of clerical abuse and meet survivors when he visits the Republic in August."