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.


FATHER KRZYSTOF CHARASMA: with friends like him the church hardly needs enemies.

Polish Catholic priest, Monsignor Krzystof Charasma, the other day revealed himself to be homosexual with a male homosexual “partner”.

The Vatican promptly dismissed him from his leadership role in the Pope’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Father Charasma had expected that, and had his response ready:

“I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes . . . .”

So is Father Charasma a martyr to a great cause, or merely a traitor?

Far from being a hero, hasn’t he insinuated himself into a leadership role, not to defend Church teaching, but to undermine it?

This man has provided the bishops at the Synod on the Family with a wake-up call.

To keep their eyes open during the three weeks of the Synod for ongoing tactical manoeuvres by anti-Catholic double-agent infiltrators.


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AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?


This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?



THE FATE OF THE “RIGHT” IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS: in Turnbull, out Abbott, so what?

Mr Turnbull’s takeover is generally considered a rebuff to the “right” and a victory for the “left”.

That’s odd.

Before entering politics, Mr Abbott worked for a living.

As a journalist.

Mr Abbott also did, and still does, unpaid work — as an active volunteer fire-fighter, a volunteer life-saver, an organiser of “Pollie Pedal” (a yearly charity bike ride raising money for breast cancer) and as a volunteer worker in Queensland Aboriginal settlements on several occasions.

The “left” should be pleased with all that.

And Mr Turnbull?

Before entering politics, Mr Turnbull made himself a multi-millionaire as a merchant banker.

Doesn’t that mean buying money cheap and selling it dear?

Isn’t it about as far “right” as you can go without being locked up?



GOD AND POLITICS: thoughts re what he might want of us down here.

September 21 is celebrated in Catholic Tradition as the Feast of Saint Matthew.

Matthew is traditionally considered the author of the 28-chapter account of Christ’s  life entitled in printed bibles “The Gospel according to Saint Matthew”.

Saint Matthew’s gospel differs from those of Saints Mark, Luke and John its more Jewish flavour and more detailed account of Christ’s words about what God’s “kingdom” really is and what it might look like if brought into existence on this earth.

A 1964 film based on this gospel called “The Gospel According to Matthew”, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini can be viewed online.

You’ll need to set aside just over two hours. It might stir up some thoughts.



MR MALCOLM TURNBULL IS NOW P.M.: urgent action required.

Now that Mr Turnbull is Australian Prime Minister, three things need to happen.

1. The National Party should renegotiate the “coalition”, making one of its requirements that Mr Turnbull be sacked and replaced by somebody with a more traditional mindset. Otherwise the Nationals should sit with the independents and hopefully ensure that the Turnbull Party will never govern.

2. The Catholic bishops of Australia should announce that its priests will no longer be available to perform “marriages”. They will gladly celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for couples wishing to live as Catholics. But for Government-acknowledged “marriage” people will have to go elsewhere.

3. The Queen should refuse to recognise Mr Turnbull as Prime Minister. He wants a republic, let him have one — if the Australian public will stomach the idea.

These things need to happen today.

My bet is that none of them will ever happen.




So British singer Sam Smith is to sing the theme song for the new James Bond film Spectre.

The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall”.

Interestingly that title comes from the Bible, in the book of Daniel.

In the year 539BC, King Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon (modern Iraq) held an orgy for 1000 of his noblemen.

They drank wine from the holy vessels which Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadrezzar had stolen from the Jewish temple when he ransacked Jerusalem 50 years earlier.

Along with the wine, they had women and song — songs in praise of their pagan idols.

Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster wall of the palace.

The king went pale. His knees were knocking.

He called for the Jewish prophet Daniel to interpret the words written on the wall.

Daniel said, “Your Majesty, you have defied the Lord of heaven and defiled the vessels from his Temple. You have given no glory to the God in whose hands are your breath itself and your destiny.

“The writing on the wall says this: ‘God has measured and weighed you and you are found wanting. Your kingdom will be taken over by your enemies.’”

Before the night was over, King Belshazzar was dead. The Persians took over his kingdom.

He had lived the if-it-feels-good-do-it lifestyle now celebrated and recommended by the James Bond industry.

That way lies annihilation.

It would be nice if the fans watching the movie and hearing the song could get that message.