SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS

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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21
Feb

HOW TO BE A HOMICIDAL NEIGHBOUR: sprinting in the wrong direction….

Did you know that Australia is committing $9.5 million of taxpayers’ money over three years to support abortion in poorer neighbouring countries…?
Neighbours like Vanuatu, Fiji and Nepal….
Meanwhile USA is aborting its abortion-funding programs.
President Trump has de-funded international abortion-provider “Planned Parenthood” – plus all fundings for foreign abortion agencies.
Australia’s abortion-funding comes under our so-called SPRINT program (as in “Sex Health Reproductive Program in Crisis and Post Crisis Settings”).
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is all for it.
But is helping to abort their children a “neighbourly” thing to do for one’s neighbors?

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19
Feb

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ADOPTION LAWS GET MORE “PROGRESSIVE”: progressing backwards?

In South Australia, adoption by same-sex couples became legal last week.
One such couple told reporters, “We’re exactly the same as every other family; the boys are safe, they’re loved, they have very good, strong female characters in their lives. The boys are happy and that’s all that matters.”
Think back.
Young hopeful, after nine months recognising biological mum’s voice, sharing her body fluids, knowing nothing about the world except though her, looking forward to her breast milk….
Bingo! Suddenly at delivery-time mum vanishes without trace, and here are these two blokes….
What a nightmare!
Someone might be happy, but the child isn’t.
Anyone saying out loud that no child deserves such a fate risks state-sponsored persecution in some kind of tribunal.

14
Feb

SEXUAL ABUSE OF SCHOOL STUDENTS: what about in government schools?

Have there been no public hearings into sexual abuse at Government schools — like those into Catholic schools?
Are there going to be any?
If not, why not?
Have teachers’ unions managed to organise cover-ups?
And why do our media seemingly play down government school abuses?
Is it because complaints against government schools won’t help to bankrupt the Catholic Church?
And because compensation pay-outs against government education departments would raise our taxes — including those of news reporters?
These are possible reasons for self-censorship.
Would it not be a just move for the Royal Commission to investigate them?
(thoughts mainly pinched from: https://www.mercatornet.com/above/view/australias-royal-commission-should-investigate-government-schools/19345)

13
Feb

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: money-spinner for somebody, otherwise bad news?

Hundreds of Australian Women’s AFL football teams!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars funding female-friendly (not unisex after all) change-rooms and showers!
Have we all gone mad?
Traditionally most cultures had understandings about modesty — affecting how we (especially women) dress and behave.
Many sports, as played today, are incompatible with the true feminine spirit — including football, some swimming and track events, acrobatics etc.– self-exposure, plus often immodest positions and posturings….
These girls are to be pitied — receiving no serious moral guidance.
This problem had its beginnings last century.
Pope Pius XII (who died in 1958) said:
“Many women have forgotten Christian modesty… they give in to the tyranny of fashion…dresses which …seem designed to emphasize what they should rather conceal…a kind of exhibitionism….”
As rational creatures, given thinking-power by God, can we reason out that for our fulfillment as human beings, certain sports are simply not suitable?

11
Feb

CORY BERNARDI AND CRITICS: basic beliefs are getting important.

Most Australia’s top politicians seem to be Catholics.
Or lapsed Catholics…attending Catholic school, then giving it up.
Prime Minister Turnbull, born non-Catholic, became a Catholic in 2002 — yet don’t his “progressive” views on abortion, same-sex marriage etc. contradict Catholic teaching?
Bill Shorten, who attended Catholic primary school then Xavier College — now likewise supports anti-Catholic policies.
Even Greens leader, Richard di Natale, attended Melbourne’s Parade Catholic College….
Perhaps one reason why Cory Bernardi gets bad media coverage is his cheerfulness about being Catholic — and trying to live accordingly.
In his book, “The Conservative Revolution”, Bernardi identifies “Faith” as number one of the “Four pillars” on which a better Australia must be founded.
He seeks a society based on “that uniquely Christian doctrine that man was ‘created in the image of God’, a principle on which the western concept of human dignity depends….”
The unkind label of “rat” has been thrown at him.
He is perhaps too well brought up to brand his critics as chameleons.

8
Feb

AUSTRALIA’S CHILD-ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION: is it worse than useless?

Sensational statistics from the Royal Commission:
“40 percent of St John of God brothers alleged child-abusers”
Maybe.
“4444 people victims of abuse by Church workers”
Perhaps.
How about:
“7 percent of Catholic priests abusers…compared with 1 to 2 percent of Australia’s general male population”?
No.
After 30 years in medical practice, seeing 150 patients per week, I feel able to comment.
The “1 to 2 percent” figure is wrong – a ludicrously, unbelievably low estimate.
Whoever said that has no idea how frighteningly common abuse is.
Most victims I’ve encountered would never have met a priest.
They’ve met mummy’s latest boyfriend, their uncle, big brother, sport coach and similar.
It’s obviously true that the Church has done a poor job of weeding out and dealing with abusers.
The rest of society has done worse — and still seems to be in denial.
Pretending it’s mainly a Church problem isn’t helping.