Hail Mary… 17 October 2010Posted by marisacat in Australia, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, Total fucking lunatics.
A cheer broke out in the crowd when MacKillop’s name was announced by Pope Benedict XVI [AFP]
Hail Mary… and then some. FIRST the Church tosses a saint at Australia… then gives her a name that sounds like the title of some parochial school based porn and discipline movie:
St Mary MacKillop of the Cross.
Then, it seems, the story is she was first vilified (“briefly” ex-communicated) in her life for exposing an instance of abuse, then lauded.
There seems to have been a great mass writhing of the Australian faithful in St Peter’s Square…
One hundred and one years after her death, the Pope completed the recognition of her saintly status by declaring MacKillop and the five other clergy members being canonised should be “definitively declared saints and included in the book of saints (and) devoutly honoured . . . in all the church”.
The most senior cardinal assisting him in the ceremony, the Archbishop of Montreal, Jean-Claude Turcotte, gave a response in which he became the first person to formally use MacKillop’s new title, Saint Mary of the Cross.
Sister Maria Casey, the official advocate of MacKillop’s cause, knelt before the Pope and he held her hands as she thanked him for the elevation of MacKillop.
The gospel reading in the mass was read twice, once in Greek and once in Latin, to signify the Pope’s decision applies to the universal church as it covers both its eastern and western wings.
Also, according to the Australian (isn’t that a Murdoch paper, iirc it is), Rudd has moved publicly to laud the Church for its stance (would that be “bend over”?) on abuse AND there is a move on to make SMMotC the patron saint of …….. the abused!
KEVIN Rudd launched a vigorous defence of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse last night.
And Mr Rudd said the canonisation of Mary MacKillop should prompt Australians to a fairer appreciation of the church’s contribution to their nation’s history.
Addressing a press conference after an audience with the Pope, the Foreign Minister said while many people criticised the church it was time to more openly acknowledge its positive contributions.
Asked about the church’s response to clergy abusing children he said it had taken action and “I would like to acknowledge the enormous work which the church has done and other Christian churches in dealing with this blight on all of human kind”.
He is in Rome not only for the announce of her coming canonisation but apparently the Vatican is mounting a big show on Australian indigenous peoples. A two-fer.
We know how much they care. About the little brown people.
One atheist writing in the Sydney Morning Herald notes that she, Saint Mary MacKillop of the Cross, is already the patron saint of quack cancer cures, her mandatory two miracles having to do with curing cancer.
Only second to the general whitewashing the Church receives:
Asked what the federal government planned to do on the issue of clerical child abuse, Mr Rudd said it was important to acknowledge the pain of victims but “the church over some time now has established its own process within Australia for dealing with this”.
“And the church in doing so has dealt with many cases from the past, and where there have been imperfections in the process they have also sought to improve those processes.”
We are so blessed…….
(O Canada! … Don’t feel left out Canada! I read some monk is about to receive the nod… )
In other fantastical fib-laden slobber news, I see Ob and Snob were together in Ohio.
“I know there are times when probably it’s hard to recapture that sense of possibility,” Obama said, recalling the night of his election victory.
“It’s hard sometimes to say, ‘Yes we can.’
You sit thinking, ‘You know, maybe. I don’t know.’ It’s not as inspiring a slogan.”
Yes we cannot?
They so need to be pelted with foodstuffs made from transfats, pesticide riddled vegetables and tobacco smoke.