Australia gets their first Demi-God

If you aren’t from down under, odds are you’ve never heard of Mary MacKillop, also known as Saint Mary of the Cross. A few days ago the Vatican canonized her, making Mary the first Australian to get this “demi-god” status. In order to receive that canonization, Mary had to have two miracles attributed to her, and as you’ve probably guessed by now, the supposed miracles were people being “cured” of cancer.

In today’s modern world, it’s more and more difficult for the Vatican to canonize people, for the simple reason science has exposed supposed miracles as merely statistical inevitability. Some people who have cancer occasionally get better, and a small percentage of those attribute it to the superstitious activity they were engaged in at the time. Veronica Hopson, Mary’s first alleged miracle, claimed to have been cured when the nuns brought cloth that MacKillop had worn. It’s just gris-gris bullshit, but this weak-sauce was enough to convince religious rubes something amazing happened. Pretty shitty miracle if you ask me, but is there any other kind?

The really interesting element in this story is the one no one is talking about: During Mary’s own life, she was excommunicated for exposing a pedophile priest (who was sent back to Ireland). It was only later she was re-instated (when the guy who did it was on his death bed), but I think by now it should be pretty obvious why this part of the story only gets glossed over in most news stories. The Vatican is desperate for some good news, but as usual, the stench of pedophilia is everywhere.

Luckily not every Australian is happy about the news of this canonization, and a few bright people have been trying in vain to expose the ludicrous notion two cancer cures qualify as a miracle. As usual, the voices of rationality will always be silenced by the droning of the faithful who will always prefer comfort over the truth.

Comments (4)

  • avatar

    Holly

    I’m so glad you blogged about this Jacob. I was going to suggest that you post it on here, but I thought it wasn’t very relevant to most of your listeners.

    You should have seen how much this was shown and celebrated in the Australian media. it was disgusting. Once credible news sources were talking about her ‘miracles’ and how great this is for Australia’s spirituality.
    It was embarrassing.

    I usually feel pretty smug when I hear about idiotic religious practices from overseas, so to have one in my own backyard was horrible.

  • avatar

    Neil

    Yeah pretty much with Holly on this.
    I did get into a bit of an online spat with one theist calling all atheists hypocrites for protesting the amount of money being used to celebrate the occasion.
    I had to point out what hypocrite meant and ask how he felt it applied as we were only questioning if this was the most effective use of taxpayer funds.
    That does remind me I wonder if he replied…. oh thread deleted.
    What a shock.

    Very good point on her excommunication. That got no press here. I didn’t realise it was over paedophilia. Thanks.

  • avatar

    Christy

    Is being a saint actually like being a demi-god?

    From my understanding, being a saint meant you lived a “holy” life and are now in heaven… while having demi-god status meant you were half god.

    …. Regardless, I agree that the canonization process is ridiculous. There are over 10,000 Catholic Saints. Each saint is require to have at least one miracle under their belt… But most saints have multiple. So there have been anywhere between 10s of thousands and 100s of thousands Vatican recognizes miracles (I couldn’t find any official count) throughout history… and not ONE of them have occurred with undeniable evidence. …This doesn’t even take into consideration the millions of “miracles” attributed to God himself….

  • avatar

    Jim

    i think in catholic dogma, you’re able to pray to saints as though they are gods. It’s loopy.

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