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Are all Christians “Saints”? What of Mary MacKillop?

12 May 2010 Leave a comment

Lawyer, teacher, apologist, Convenor Emeritus of the University Chaplaincies and present director of the Sydney Archdiocesan Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Mr Robert Haddad jumps straight into the question of “sainthood” raised by the imminent canonisation of Bl Mary of the Cross. More popularly known by her family name “MacKillop”, the announcement of Bl Mary’s second miracle late last year continues to generate significant discussion in the Australian popular press about the Catholic understanding of saints and the process of canonisation.

Mr Haddad begins with a brief history of sainthood and canonisation, drawing from the testimony of St Polycarp of Smyrna and the scriptural references to saints, especially in the writings of St Paul. Moving through the various objections raised both by journalists and their commenters he then considers the meaning and execution of “canonisation”, the authority required to declare someone “saint”, and the proper Christian understanding of what a saint actually is.

This one is well worth a listen at XT3! Come again next week for Fr Robert Steward speaking on “Poverty: Real Freedom”.

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