Mary MacKillop was an Australian Catholic nun of the 1800s and 1900s.

To Australians of all ages and backgrounds she is a heroine. They love her. But do they really understand her?

Saint Mary MacKillop -- she gave her life to teaching poor children and founded an order of teaching nuns.

Saint Mary MacKillop -- she loved children, she loved justice and she loved God.

Saint Mary MacKillop -- so relevant to today’s world. There is much we can learn from her.

Let’s be sure that it is from the REAL Mary MacKillop that we learn.

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IRFAN YUSUF, HABITUAL KNOCKER: is he worth listening to?

Some of the writings of Irfan Yusuf are being distributed in Catholic Church publications. **

Mr Yusuf tells how, as a child, he found Australia to be “a nation of bullies”.

He considers Australia’s history “dominated by the politics of exclusion and marginalisation”.

Well, it’s true that Australia is imperfect. We should try to improve it.

Yet by world standards, Australia is apparently an attractive place because of its relative freedom from beheadings, civil wars, inter-racial violence, bombing of churches etc.

Thousands of would-be migrants, legal and illegal, badly want to leave other places and settle here.

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Running Australia down is easy (and fairly safe) to do.

The Church should encourage criticisms that are constructive, thoughtful and motivated by a charitable spirit.

But sensationalism can be counter-productive.

( ** for example: )


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by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Lifestyle, Youth

To live with one’s parents, married and living together, is good for children.

There is plenty of evidence.

For example, the Western Australian Child Health Survey (2012) which followed 2790 children from ages 4 to 16, concluded that:

“marriage benefits the health and well-being of individuals, and, conversely, that separation and divorce bring with them elevated risks for both former husbands and wives and their children”.

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Also that:

“Marriage and family breakdown costs the Australian nation at least $3 billion each year. When all the indirect costs are included, the figure is possibly double . . .

“In comparison, the Commonwealth Government spends just $3.5 million per annum on preventive marriage and relationship education programs, and $2.05 million on parenting skills training. This is a 1000 fold difference. The imbalance is manifest. It requires correction.”

(more on this topic at:




ISLAMIC STATE: is it OK for the U.S. to bomb them?

Pope Francis, when asked if he approved of American air strikes on ISIS militants, said:

‘In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.

‘I underscore the verb “stop”. I’m not saying “bomb” or “make war”, just stop. And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.’

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The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding what constitutes a “just” war is unchanged over centuries.

Its official wording includes :

The strict conditions for legitimate defence by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

- the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

- all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

- there must be serious prospects of success;

- the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

(Catholic Catechism 2309)

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There are some who would say that the 1945 U.S. bombings of civilian-packed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were anything but “just” and that equally effective results could have been achieved by bombing military sites, naval bases etc.

Hence the Pope’s very cautious words.




THIS EUTHANASIA BILL DESERVES TO BE REJECTED: Senator Di Natale seems to misunderstand the meaning of “dignity”.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Politics

Senator Di Natale wants a bill passed legitimising a so-called ‘dignity in dying medical service’.

Such a ‘service’ would include access to both euthanasia and assisted suicide.

If euthanasia and assisted suicide were to be defined as a “medical service” under an Act of the Commonwealth, euthanasia and assisted suicide would thus become available in all Australian states and territories.

Already Australian law permits the discontinuation of medical procedures that are burdensome or disproportionate.

The refusal of over-zealous treatment does not involve the wish to cause death — one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted as part of the human condition.

Senator Di Natale’s proposal is different, in that the acts/omissions in question are motivated by the intention to cause death.

These are better defined as acts of murder and should not be legal.

Euthanasia is precisely the reverse of providing dignity in the proper sense of the word.

Anybody wanting to make a submission that the proposed bill be rejected can do so by sending a simple statement to that effect by email to:



ABETZ, BREAST CANCER, ABORTION: everybody missing the point?

Senator Abetz is under fire for suggesting that past studies show a link between abortion and breast cancer.

He has now retracted the comment.

Prime Minister Abbott is quoted saying that the research has been discredited. Majority expert opinion does at the moment consider any such link un-proven.

Yet some recent articles published in non-western medical journals seem less inclined to rubbish the idea of a link.

For example, one from China and another from India (sources 1 and 2 below).

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Anyway, anti-abortion lobbyists shouldn’t resort to such divisive issues to support opposing abortion.

If they do they’ll only end up arguing over statistics and getting distracted from the point.

The point is that abortion kills babies, members of our own species, each one unique and unreplaceable, each one utterly innocent and helpless.

That’s what they should untiringly proclaim day and night — and endure the flak from those who know it’s true but hate having it said out loud.

The day may come when enough people address the facts and abortion will become unthinkable.
(1. Huang Y et al. A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females. Cancer Causes & Control Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 227-236 2014-02-01)

(2. Bhadoria A S, Kapil U, Sareen N, Singh P. Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India. Indian J Cancer 2013;50:316-21)




SURROGACY SCANDAL IN THAILAND: is a baby a discardable commodity?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Family, Truth

The government of Thailand intends banning commercial surrogacy following reports of a nasty exploitation of a poor Thai woman by the couple who commissioned her.

The couple rejected a baby on discovering that he had Down Syndrome and heart trouble.

The new Thai surrogacy law will require that intended parents be married, heterosexual and medically infertile, that all such transactions be altruistic, and that the surrogate be related to the intended parents.

Which is probably what the law should have been all along, in Thailand and everywhere.

Babies, even unborn ones, even disabled ones, are human beings.