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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28
Jun

RE: EDUCATION FUNDING BRAWL: hard to know who to vote for next election.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Politics

The Catholic school system, arguably not offered enough government funding, threatens to campaign politically against the governing coalition parties.
It isn’t clear whom they think people should vote for.
It can’t be Labor. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
Not the Greens. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
The three issues mentioned are infinitely more important than money.
One Nation? Hardly a party, really. One well-meaning figure-head. Plus a mixture of relatively unknowns. Plus Mr Ashby.
What about the Australian Conservatives, then?
Mr Bernardi seems to be a practising Catholic, fairly sane, well-experienced….
But I doubt if the AC’s are the ones they’ll recommend.
Perhaps they should be?

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27
Jun

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: uneasy relationship with the government: should it be more uneasy: or non-existent?

Which Australian schools should get what funding?
The Catholic school system, arguably not getting e, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.
All parties trot out the same words – that funding should be “needs-based”.
So what do students actually need?
For Catholics, education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.
Funding isn’t the foremost need.
Government funding is, in fact, hazardous.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote:
“Australia is…a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
The Rule of her Order insisted that their schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government….”

nough

22
Jun

EUTHANASIA FORUM: (non-)freedom of speech, Victoria-style.

Recently a hall at the South Melbourne Catholic parish church was booked by the local state MP, Martin Foley, for a “community forum” about proposed new state laws to legalise euthanasia.
It turned out that the “forum” was to have one only guest speaker, Andrew Denton — a high-profile media celebrity activist whose pro-euthanasia views are well known.
The church asked that equal time be given for a speaker to put the case for not legalising euthanasia.
Mr Foley declined.
The church cancelled the booking for what looked like being less of a forum and more of a propaganda session.
For their trouble, the church has been roasted by The Age and other Fairfax outlets under the headline “Church blocks state MP from holding assisted dying community forum”.

20
Jun

THE LGBTI “COMMUNITY”: a bit of a myth?

Does the so-called LGBTI community really exist?
Doesn’t “community” mean a group of people united by certain shared characteristics.
Persons calling themselves LGB or T arguably share nothing but a denial.
Like everybody, their real-world identity is written into the genetic make-up of every cell in their body.
But their lives are denials of that fact.
The “I” group is different. What they share is having a genetic structure which objectively makes them different. Something real.
So in that sense, they are a community.
LGBT-identifiers, while living out their self-perceptions, shouldn’t try to impose on others the notion that they are normal.
They should be offered help to modify their identifications (should they choose to request it).
They should not seek to raise children in “same-sex” households.
Anybody who “bullies” them should be punished – the same as should anybody who bullies anybody for any reason.

19
Jun

HOW TO GET BETTER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: one tentative suggestion.

If you’re reading this, you qualify as part of what might be termed the politically-obsolescent demographic.
The experts are saying it’s the young — functionally-illiterate under-30s, reachable only by Smartphone, Facebook, Twitter etc. – who increasingly decide elections.
Often they seem to choose superficial show-ponies.
Everybody willing to know has known for years that human brain development isn’t complete until at least one’s late twenties.
If people under 30 didn’t vote, would our leadership improve?
It wouldn’t, I suppose, solve all our problems.
But it might solve a lot of them.

12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)