ABC and Fairfax websites today claiming that Blessed Mary McKillop's excommunication in 1871 was an act of revenge for exposure of a paedophile priest. The priest concerned was sent back to Ireland (without canonical action being taken against him), triggering a desire for revenge from one of his fellow Adelaidian priests.
The full story will run on ABC's Compass Program a week before the canonisation ceremony in October.
Not completely implausible I suppose (though the more accepted explanation of power issues and the other serious issues around the bishop who excommunicated her were equally so). But if it is true, why has it only come out now?
All very strange.
Second Sunday of Advent (A) – 8 December 2013
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