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Lamplighter 10-30-2010 11:36 PM

This post has absolutely nothing to do with the recent Australian elections.
I just thought the title seemed appropriate, and maybe Ausi Dwellars would be interested.

There is a video in this link that gives more history than is in the text.

Whistleblower Nun Is Australia's First Saint


Also known as Mother Mary of the Cross, she is one of the few saints in Church history who were excommunicated and later rehabilitated.
She founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1867 - Australia's first religious order - to help the poor and educate their children

Independent-minded, MacKillop regularly clashed with the church's male hierarchy.
The tensions led to her excommunication - the Catholic Church's harshest penalty,
which denies the sacraments to a person - in 1871. The order was later lifted.

Documents recently uncovered in Australia showed MacKillop was banished from the Church
in part because her order exposed a paedophile priest.

ZenGum 10-31-2010 02:48 AM

I'm not at all Catholic, but Mary MacKillop was pretty cool. I think Jesus would have liked her.

I'm not sure He would have approved of the shouts of Mary! Mary! Mary! Oi! Oi! Oi! during the beatification, though. :lol:

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