Claims MacKillop excommunicated for reporting sexual abuse untrue


From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Fr Paul Gardiner - the leading authority on Australia's first Saint - has sharply criticised the ABC's television network for citing him as the source of a inaccurate report claiming Mary MacKillop was excommunicated from the Church for reporting sexual abuse by a priest.

"I never said it; it's just false," said the 87-year-old who was Postulator for the Cause of Mary MacKillop for 25 years until his retirement in 2008.

Interviewed for a program produced by Compass for the ABC on Mary MacKillop, which is due to air this Sunday 10 October at 10.15pm, Fr Gardiner believes the advance publicity for the program was misleading and gave the mainstream media a chance to take a swipe at the Church and distract the public during the lead up to the Canonisation in Rome on 17 October.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan website

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