First catholic female cardinal may be an Irish woman

First catholic female cardinal may be an Irish woman

The Catholic Church's first female cardinal may be Irish.

There's international speculation that 49-year-old Linda Hogan, the vice-Provost of Trinity College – who is from Callan in Co Kilkenny – may be appointed.

Another name being suggested is former President Mary McAleese.

Theologian Gina Menzies says Linda Hogan is a respected academic who would be a challenging appointment to the College of Cardinals.

"She's written widely in relation to moral theology, particular in relation to ethics … peace studies .. homosexuality - so she's a very radical but nevertheless an extremely deep, deep thinker," she said.


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