Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Did Blessed Mary MacKillop report a priest for abuse? Postulator clarifies

Catholic World News - October 15, 2010

Blessed Mary MacKillop, who on Sunday will become the first native Australian canonized as a saint, is being hailed as the “patron of whistle-blowers” because of reports that she reported a priest for sexual abuse and was briefly excommunicated as a result. That story, however, is far from accurate.

Speaking to Vatican Radio, Sister Maria Casey, the postulator for the cause of Australia’s first saint, sets the record straight. It is true that a priest was denounced by members of the Josephite order, and angry diocesan officials took their revenge on the sisters led by Mary MacKillop. But at the time the abuse was actually reported, she herself was 2,000 miles away. In other words the abuse accusation “was a factor but not a direct factor” in her clash with the diocese.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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!

Progress toward our July expenses ($32,515 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,484.95
93% 7%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15