Excommunicated Aussie Nun to Become Saint
Mary MacKillop to be canonized on Oct. 17
By bewilderbeast, Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2010 3:57 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Oct 4, 2010 7:35 PM CDT
In this undated image provided by Mary MacKillop Place is Mary MacKillop.   (AP)

(User Submitted) – Australia is about to get its first native-born saint, and it's a woman with a bit of scandal in her history. Pope Benedict will canonize Mary MacKillop, co-founder of a Catholic order dedicated to children and the poor, on Oct. 17. The somewhat unlikely candidate for sainthood had a reputation for "insubordination"—perhaps because she spoke out about the sexual abuse of children at the hands of priests.

According to a documentary set to air on Australian TV, she was excommunicated in 1871 at age 29 by Bishop Laurence Sheil after a vengeful priest convinced him to do so. Later, as he lay on his deathbed, Bishop Sheil rescinded the edict; MacKillop continued toiling away on the behalf of others in the Australian Outback until her death in 1909—which is what deserves the focus, says the priest who championed her sainthood. He calls her denouncement of abusers "a nasty footnote to a heroic story, and I don't think media people should take it as though it's the main story." Get the full story at Politics Daily.

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Oct 11, 2010 9:25 AM CDT
On the subject of excommunication … James Chevedden hinted at outing sex abuse within the California Jesuit Order to the person in charge, California Jesuit Provincial Fr. Thomas Smolich. Chevedden was not excommunication from the Catholic Church. However Chevedden died suddenly at age 56. Jesuit Jerold Lindner, with $2 million in sex abuse settlements on his record, was alone with Chevedden just hours before his death. The Jesuit Order covered up evidence related to Chevedden’s death and Fr. Smolich is now the top Jesuit official in the USA.
Oct 5, 2010 12:25 PM CDT
"[she was excommunicated for speaking out] about the sexual abuse of children at the hands of priests." WTF, this has been going on since the 1800s? What on earth is it with priests and child molestation? Why does the Catholic hierarchy seem to think the best thing to do with a child-molesting priest is to protect him and preserve his status as a priest so he can continue to molest children? These are not rhetorical questions, I am intensely curious as to what this is all about. Is there something about Catholicism that attracts child molesters, or is there something about it that turns people into child molesters? Well, at least the current pope is doing the right thing by her...
Oct 5, 2010 7:11 AM CDT
All Christian believers are "saints" according to the bible, whether living or dead in human form. The Catholic church has no scriptural power to "declare" anyone a saint. Faith in Jesus Christ makes you a saint, not man's decision making. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household ~Philippians 4:21-22 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus : Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Ephesians 1:1-2