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
Mar

JORDAN PETERSON: voice of common sense or naughty chauvinist?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Lifestyle, Women

Jordan Peterson has been condemned for saying that ‘Women wearing high heels and make-up in the work-place are being sexually provocative’.
Yet everybody knows that what he says is true.
Nobody denies that men should also control their responses.
Let’s not argue about which sex is to blame….
Better to consider how both parties can together contribute to better relationships.

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20
Mar

BIRMINGHAM, SHORTEN AND JUDAS ISCARIOT: what have they in common?

Australian Education Minister, Senator Birmingham, now compares Catholic education bosses to Judas — willing to betray God’s cause for money.
With all Australian schools pressured by government to indoctrinate students with gender-theory/promiscuity-normalising propaganda etc….
How could Catholic schools accept money from such tainted sources anyway?
If government can coerce the Church into making Church schools de facto secular, no reason for such schools to exist remains.
Saint Mary MacKillop ran into all this 150 years ago and refused all government funding.
She wrote:
“Australia is in every sense a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
Mr Shorten and Senator Birmingham may have different styles, but aren’t their long-term plans to exterminate orthodox Catholic teaching identical?

10
Mar

HOW TO BUY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, SHORTEN-STYLE: but will it work?

The ALP plans to corner the Catholic vote by offering Catholics what they want most.
What do Catholics want most?
Mr Shorten thinks they most want money.
An extra $250 million for Catholic schools should do the trick.
The Catholic church’s founder, Jesus Christ, said it is impossible to worship both God and money….
Has his church now made that decision and opted for the money?
Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, insisted that no school run by her Order would ever accept government money.
But times have changed.
A literally Catholic school would cost little to run — its staff of priests, brothers and nuns requiring no pay.
If the church can’t generate recruits for the religious life they will lack the personnel to teach the gospel.
Arguably they would lack a gospel to teach.
By accepting government money, do you not, of necessity, accept a curriculum of government-sponsored paganism, including cultic gender-theory and lowest-denominator pseudo-tolerance?

27
Feb

MICHAEL McCORMACK, POLITICIAN: learning the art of compromise in a hurry

Michael McCormack, new Nationals Party Leader — back in 1993 while editor of the Wagga Wagga Advertiser – wrote blaming homosexuality for AIDS and calling homosexual acts “sordid behaviour”.
Complaints made to the Australian Press Council were not upheld.
Mr McCormack subsequently wrote another editorial apologising for the first one.
He has, in fact, apologised repeatedly.
In 2017, he said he has “grown and learnt not only to tolerate, but to accept all people regardless of their sexual orientation….”
In parliament he recently voted Yes for same-sex marriage.
For the rest of his career, won’t this man be blackmailed into reciting his back-down over and over?
Poor Mr McCormack – hardly a day in the job, already a lame duck – puppet-like leader of the leftovers of the remains of a values-free ex-party.

26
Feb

CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA: criticism of the Pope’s role

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister intends visiting Pope Francis in Rome during March 2018.
A deal is being negotiated by which the Pope will surrender selection of new bishops in China to the Chinese government.
Already about half of China’s estimated 10 million Catholics are affiliated with the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen Zekuin calls the Pope’s concession a “betrayal” of those other Catholics (the “underground” Catholic church) who defy the government by giving their first allegiance to the Pope.
While China’s Catholic population has stabilised around 10 million, numbers of Protestant Christians has risen over the last couple of generations to about 50 million.
About one Chinese citizen in every 30 is now a Protestant Christian.
The Chinese government is imposing tougher regulations on religious practice, effective from 2 February 2018.
Getting Pope Francis to knuckle under seems no longer to be their biggest worry.

23
Feb

BROAD VS. JOYCE: a question of character?

Mr Andrew Broad MP has called on Barnaby Joyce to “bench himself”.
Why?
Because “when character is lost, all is lost” (he was quoting Billy Graham)
Everyone knows there are many adulterous characters in our parliaments.
In what way is Mr Joyce different?
Well he could have had the baby quietly killed (aborted) a few months ago, but he didn’t….
Let’s admire him for that — not for everything has done, but for having the character to get that supremely important decision right.
What about Mr Broad’s “character”?
After months and years of posturing as a defender of Traditional marriage, he voted Yes in parliament for the same-sex bill.
He recently (re-)tweeted that he himself should be National Party leader.
But does he have the necessary character?