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.

Meet the REAL Mary MacKillop. Get a MacKillop’s-eye view of our world. Keep visiting this blog.



Irish voters have voted for homosexual marriage.

They’ve abandoned something they once held sacred – the family life of mother, father and child.

The law now says a mother isn’t important to her baby — nor a father to his son.

That doesn’t sound right.

Now, from earliest school classes, children will be pressured to believe that anal sex and other homosexual activity is normal, even desirable.

Saddest of all, in a way, was the performance of many Irish priests and bishops.

Their opposition was pretty anaemic — in some cases non-existent.

Where, in the future, can children hear about the sanctity and goodness of love in normal marriage, if the Church caves in?


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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD ABUSE: are they really trying?

Australia’s current Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse of children doesn’t have a wide enough reference.

The Commission is hearing about and publicising many bad acts by church workers, school teachers etc.– and there can be no excuse for such behaviour.

But the fact is that institutional abuse is merely the tip of an iceberg.

Over 90 per cent of abuse is committed by immediate family, extended family or “family friend” — nothing to do with the Church or any institution. (as per Adults Surviving Child Abuse Survey, 2012 **)

The child abuse problem is worse than we like to imagine. The government seems not keen for the public to know how bad.

To reduce child abuse drastically would we not require drastic changes — not just in institutions — but inside our heads!

Which would include eradicating pornogaphy and committing ourselves to lifelong traditional husband-wife marriage.




BOAT PEOPLE CRISIS: nobody seems to know what to do, or don’t want to anyway.

Most Australians feel uneasy about accepting into our country thousands of people floating half-dead in Asian waters.

Mr Abbott maintains his line of “turning back the boats” as the only way to put people-smugglers out of business.

The Greens say to take them because (they say) we must show compassion.

The ALP will beat around the bush.

The bemused general public doesn’t know what to think.

If the people at risk weren’t Muslims it would be different.

What many fear is thousands of potential jihadist-recruits and potential suicide bombers arriving – unsorted — in bulk.

These unfortunate people should be accepted by Muslim countries.

The United Nations might like to justify its existence by making them do it.

If that doesn’t happen very soon we will, as a Christian nation, have to take them and put up with whatever they do to us later.

For once the Greens are right.

Remember the Good Samaritan (Luke’s Gospel, chapter 10).



MR ABBOTT AND FRIENDS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: selective presentation bends facts.

by Arnold Jago in Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Women

Mr Abbott has joined various celebrities and entertainers in an anti-male-domestic-violence video campaign.


Why no mention of female-inflicted violence and emotional cruelty?

If a man is slapped, belittled, spat upon, given the silence treatment — where can he turn?

No bruises, lacerations etc. to show.

If he suicides, the statistic isn’t acknowledged as resulting from female domestic abuse. There’s research to back this reality up.

But we all know about it anyway.

You just aren’t allowed to mention it.



MOTHERHOOD ON THE BACK FOOT: anti-mother policy is bad policy and the Oz government looks like getting it badly wrong.

On Mothers’ Day 2015, Australian mothers were dealt a harsh blow.

That day they learned of new tough government disincentives against women giving one-to-one mothering to their children.

Aren’t the advantages to babies to have constant care from their mother obvious?

And children want this intimate care to go on – not arbitrarily cut off at age 6 months.

It’s unfair to speak of “non-working” mothers at home.

Being at home with one’s child is the most important job of work that any person can possibly do.

Single-income married couples may have to make sacrifices, but it will be worth it.





The Australian Catholic University’s decision to award scholarships commemorating executed drug dealers does seem a mistake.

Professor Greg Craven says, “We did this because ACU is committed to the dignity of the human person . . .”

Through history the Catholic religion (and the Bible) have accepted capital punishment for grave crimes against human dignity.

Even if every death sentence is commuted on the grounds of the always-present possibility of the convicted person’s innocence, capital punishment should arguably stay on the books.

Two initiatives, however, we should support:

(1) Ending the cruelty of people kept for ages on “death row” — more merciful to either shoot them promptly or commuted promptly.

(2) Government-sponsored TV ads reiterating that Australia cannot and will not do anything for drug offenders convicted in death-penalty countries – broadcast at least as often as the warnings against the dangers of smoking.