Friday, April 21, 2017

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Will NZ church changes be evident at the top?

The diversity of the list of new cardinals announced by Pope Francis this month expresses the universality of the Church, an important theme in this pontificate. The College of Cardinals...

Rediscovering the value of motherhood

Becoming a mother can be an identity crisis for the modern woman. A generation or two ago women seemed to more naturally turn their minds to the natural progression...

Do Christians really care about trading at Easter?

One of the unfortunate things about government in New Zealand is the low turnout in local body elections.  All the indications are that the turnout for this month’s elections tested record low percentages. That...

Why are they leaving?

by Michael Pender Recently Bishop Patrick Dunn has made presentations around the Auckland diocese telling of some of the challenges he perceives our Church to be facing. One theme he developed was to do with...

Are video games killing our young men?

By Carolyn Moynihan One of the great concerns in advanced economies is unemployment among men, and  especially young men. In the United States, millions of manufacturing jobs have disappeared with the advance of technological change,...

Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking II

This is the second part of a two-part article written by Bishop Peter Cullinane titled: Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking. We cannot exclude from the title of “peace-makers” those who...

Catholic schools need to take some calculated risks

by Patrick Walsh In recent years there has been serious debate and reflection on the nature and purpose of our Catholic school network, including the excellent publication by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops...

A Catholic priest who enjoyed Ramadan

by Fr Patrick McInerney It was a wonderful month. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was out most nights. I met lots of old friends. I made new friends. We shared meals. We had...

Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking

by Bishop Peter Cullinane At times, life seems like a tug-of-war between cruelties and atrocities over against goodness, grace and beauty, whether in nature or in human lives. I think the more we...

Being rational in the face of irrational hate

Reaction to the horrifying slaying of Fr Jacques Hamel while celebrating Mass in a church in northern France last week was swift and understandable. Catholic voices from the Vatican down denounced the killing...

Music does indeed cost

by Louise Campbell The heading “Music costs” was given to a letter published in NZ Catholic (June 26, 2016). It is a fact that “music costs” and it is a wise parish whose finance...

Suppressing their consciences

In December 2009, a current National Member of Parliament sent a handwritten Christmas card to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, which said: “Thank you for your letter . . . urging me to vote against...

Opinion : Hope amidst disillusionment?

What do Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Nigel Farage of UK Brexit fame, Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte and Pope Francis have in common? They are all “outsiders” who have tapped into a backlash of widespread...

Where are the young people?

by Fr Michael Mahoney SM The South Westland parish includes five towns, from Harihari to Haast. Each weekend there is Mass in four of the five towns. In four of them there are almost...

Orlando horror an evil against every one of us

On June 12, Omar Mateen, 29, walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando,Florida, and shot and killed 49 people in the second-worst mass shooting in United States’ history.* The fact that this happened...

Are Catholics letting down the community?

by Jim Consedine In Christchurch in the past five years, there has been huge disruption to daily routines and placement. People have been seeking out places of refuge — an ancient biblical concept — to meet...

Forgiveness is not conditional

Several weeks after Easter, in a continuing teaching for the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis focused on the Gospel episode of Jesus’ dinner at the home of Simon the Pharisee. St Luke...

Angry note shows trouble with sex work

On May 18, New Zealand’s favourite psychologist, Nigel Latta, penned an angry online note about how the death of a young South Island woman was being reported. His message on Facebook reads: “An open,...

Rosary both prayer and supernatural weapon

by CHRIS WATKINS If you were given the power to bring peace to our troubled world, wouldn’t you use it? In the present climate of fear with the upsurge in violence and...

Prayer may help our jubilee efforts at mercy

How’s your Year of Mercy going? The question comes to mind now after someone pointed out that from the start he had liked the idea of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. But a...

Wise heads on wealth and inequality

by Stephen Olsen London School of Economics professor Robert Wade and journalist Max Rashbrooke make for a formidable pairing when it comes to framing essential questions about wealth and inequality....

Attitude a barrier in Reconciliation

By Tony Molloy Thank you for discussing in your pages the sacrament of Reconciliation and its present disuse by the great majority of communicants. For everyone in the confessional queue,...

Three words can make a difference

by Br Doug Dawick, FMS Very often three little words can make all the difference — to patch up, initiate, support, build. Let’s look at some of them. I am here....

Trendy views often not founded on fact

by Ben Johnson One of the great quotations of our time is from James Burnham, a former Trotskyite Communist-turned-conservative who became an editor at National Review. Fifty years ago, he wrote...

2016 theme may be a challenge

Editorial Is there a problem with the Vatican’s chosen theme for Church World Day of Peace 2016? The selected theme, announced earlier this month, is “Overcome indifference and win peace”. How can...

Moving beyond ‘our little rule’

by Father Ron Rolheiser OMI Among the Desert Fathers is this story: “Abbot Lot went to see Abbot Joseph and said: ‘Father, according as I am able, I keep my little...

Need the impossible? See St Rita

by Emma O’Connell Ever had to employ the intercession of a saint? When my husband and I got married four years ago we thought we’d quickly and naturally fall pregnant...

Ministering, and being ministered to

by Emeritus Bishop Peter Cullinane To a particular way of thinking about right and wrong, giving people who are unable to receive Holy Communion lead roles in the Christian community...

Confession not a parole board hearing

by JIM CONSEDINE Pope Francis has made mercy the central theme of the Extraordinary Holy Year, which begins in December 2015. “It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy,” he...

Being truly nice is harder than it seems

by Erick Rommel NEW YORK (CNS) — Good things happen to nice people. As far as philosophies go, that one must rank near the top. At the very least, it’s a...