On Thursday in a party room coup, Kristina Keneally became the first woman Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales. She is a staunch Catholic. She met her husband at World Youth Day in Poland in 1991, and …
She had plenty of issues with the church though. ”Being stridently feminist, I had more than a few arguments with John Paul II when I set off for Poland [in 1991],” she told the NSW Parliament in 2005. These included ”women’s ordination, celibacy in the priesthood, lifelong vocations and contraception”.
But, as she recalled years later, the desire to carry the fight to the pontiff fell away as she locked eyes with his holiness during the vigil service.
”[He] looked directly at me, smiled and nodded … I can only describe that moment as full of grace. At that point it was as if the love of God was focused solely on me and I felt holiness … I believed that something otherworldly had occurred.”
This was Kristina Keneally’s moment when she had a revelation from God. She has no shame in professing her love of God and her faith in the NSW Parliament, nicknamed the ‘Bear Pit’ because it is the toughest in Australia. My opinion of her has gone up a few notches.
Source of quote:
Making a Premier | The Sydney Morning Herald