Australian writer sees canonization as an insult to Bl. Mary MacKillop
Catholic World News - September 03, 2010
Opening a new frontier in anti-Catholic journalism, an Australian makes the remarkable charge that the Church will be insulting Mary MacKillop by canonizing her.
The argument is based on inaccurate information as well as highly questionable logic. The author states that no “unbiased members of the medical and scientific professions” were brought in to certify the authenticity of a miracle attributed to Blessed Mary MacKillop’s intercession. That is incorrect; the Vatican always consults with secular experts before declaring a miracle.
Writer Robert Irwin praises the woman who will soon be Australia’s first canonized saint for her commitment to education and to the nation’s indigenous peoples. He pays no attention, however, to her religious faith. So he presumes that she would share his conventional opinions:
I dare say Mary MacKillop would be horrified at the immense expenditure and massive carbon footprint associated with trying to attribute miracles to her so she qualifies for sainthood.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,568 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: extremeCatholic -
Sep. 05, 2010 3:50 PM ET USA
I think citing "carbon footprint" is an updated version of Godwin's law.
Posted by: Salome -
Sep. 03, 2010 7:14 PM ET USA
Carbon footprint? Oh, puhleeeeze!
Posted by: -
Sep. 03, 2010 5:05 PM ET USA
Irwin leaves his carbon footprint in his mouth