Mary McAleese represents the voice of women both in the Catholic Church and the wider world .
Cardinal Farrell's snub of this outstanding Catholic woman has not alone insulted her integrity but also the Christian dignity of Catholic women throughout the world whose voices are persistently ignored by Church authorities.
This suppression of the legitimate voice of women within the Catholic Church , as evidenced by the Cardinal's abuse of power in this instance, must cease as it is an insult to God whose image every woman bears.
This unjust oppression of Catholic women by the Vatican must be brought to an end . It is an endemic injustice which is driving women especially the younger generation away from the Catholic Church as they cannot see the Face of God in this male dominated institutional Church.