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A Protestant Reflection on St Mary of the Cross

Kitchen, Merrill (2010) A Protestant Reflection on St Mary of the Cross. In: In the Land of Larks and Heroes. Autralian Reflections on St Mary MacKillop. ATF Press, Hindmarsh SA, pp. 33-50. ISBN 9781921511998


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Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne at a time when Australia was changing from being ‘an extensive gaol,’ into a British colony. Her Scottish parents had been amongst more than two hundred thousand Protestant and Catholic settlers who migrated from Britain to Australia between 1831 and 1850 and this early diverse Australian colonial community, with its retained sectarian allegiances, was far from being well integrated. Religious affiliation provided a framework for self-identification of one group over and against the other and as a result, healthy communal relationships between these often narrowly focussed religious groups were inhibited severely. Sadly, the two things all the immigrants appear to have held in common were ‘an idealised picture of Christian womanhood’ and an ignorant agreement about the subjugation of the Australian indigenous population they were in the process of displacing! From a twenty-first century evangelical Protestant perspective, Mary McKillop is to be praised for her ability to move beyond sectarian strife and align herself with the God she found present in the midst of all humanity.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Mary MacKillop, Catholic Protestant dialogue, beatification, Australian church history
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Merrill Kitchen
Date Deposited: 31 May 2011 03:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2011 03:14
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/867

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