Saturday, 26 January 2013

Patrons of Australia: St Mary McKillop and Our Lady, Help of Christians



As we celebrate Australia Day (January 26), some good news: Australia now officially has two patron saints, with St Mary of the Cross (McKillop) officially added as second patron saint of our country.


5 comments:

A Canberra Observer said...

Thanks

God bless Australia.

Victoria said...

A sigh of relief must have gone up in some quarters; Our Lady Help of Christians is not very PC

Kate Edwards said...

Yes, I'm surprised they didn't try and abolish OLHC!

But then again, if you are a bishop, St Mary's life (her many battles to preserve her order's integrity from undue episcopal interference, and especially her unjust excommunication) stands as a reminder of a long history in this country of abuse of power, so a case of six of one?

Maureen said...

Why is Our Lady Help of Christians not Politically Correct??

Kate Edwards said...

She is associated under this title with the defense of Europe against anti-Christian forces, and particularly the defeat of the Muslim Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto.