Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Gaudete et Exsultate a document for our day

Apostolic Exhortations are usually the result of a synod and attempt to combine the ideas presented by many bishops into a single document. In consequence they are often lengthy...

Hell in news is a teaching moment

It is sometimes said of a rare occurrence that Hell would freeze over if that happened. Well, they might have to break out the mittens and scarves in Hades...

That upside down cross

by Dan Stollenwerk When a very large, bright blue, upside down cross was planted at the entrance to St Peter’s College, Auckland, the overwhelming reaction was positive. The plaque at...

Amoris Laetitia and Church as a field hospital

by Msgr Gerard Burns Amoris Laetitia is a document written against the background of the difficulties and challenges around the world for marriage and families. This is not to say...

Blurred lines: Vatican manipulation of photo becomes the story (commentary)

By Greg Erlandson WASHINGTON (CNS) -- What was meant to be an intellectual tribute to Pope Francis has instead become the backdrop to the latest tempest over transparency and this...

On translations and underlying concerns

Under the heading “Don’t aim Mass translations too ‘low’”, Tony Molloy emphasises the need for language that stretches our minds and hearts, “making us reach beyond our everyday selves”...

Celibacy issue not going away any time soon

The possibility of ordaining older married men of proven virtue (viri probati) in exceptional cases to celebrate the Eucharist is likely to be discussed at the synod for the...

Canada court claims over top

During the next few weeks and months many arguments will be posited concerning David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill which Parliament has sent to the Justice Select Committee. Arguments...

The spiritual dimension of suicide prevention

A recent UNICEF report showed that New Zealand has the highest rate of adolescent suicide of any country. What a record to have! If we are living in the...

Christian viewpoints harder to express

Intelligent moral debate and discussion within the public sphere are becoming endangered. Loud voices, which do not necessarily represent the majority, shout down views incompatible with their own. They...

Thoughts after the death of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner has died. While it is unsurprising that many news reports of his death focus on his Playboy empire’s promotion of sexual promiscuity and pornography, it is significant that...

A modern saint who took politics seriously

When Kiwis look at their calendars for September 23, they will see many things scheduled, depending on their interests — a big race meeting in Hastings, a Mitre 10...

Our prayer must point always to God

HOLY DESPERATION: Praying as if Your Life Depends on It by Heather King. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2017). 224 pp., US $13.95. PRAYER SEEDS: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections and...

Building a bridge: our gay brothers and sisters

Like many others, I have friends and family members who are gay. For some years I have been troubled by the sense of rejection they often feel with regard to...

Dispelling lie on abortion decriminalisation

by Gordon Copeland The following was published in a recent Dominion Post in answer to questions to Jacinda Ardern, from journalist Hendry Cooke: Q. What is your stance on the current...

Editorial: More than one issue to consider when voting

The election statement produced by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops last month aimed to share ideas about what questions and policies should shape an appropriate vision for this country. The statement...

The little red hen

by John Perriam Sometimes, even now after 45 years, my mind goes back to a significant moment in my life. It was such a simple yet profound revelation. It was...

Why is there not more theology in homilies?

During his visit to New Zealand last month, NZ Catholic was able to speak with UK-based theologian Professor Thomas O’Loughlin, and put to him the following question (His answer...

Ending of Life report leaves door open for more debate

The decision of Parliament’s Health Select Committee, reporting on its Ending of Life in New Zealand inquiry, not to make a recommendation on introducing “assisted dying” legislation has both...

The importance of Catholic social teaching at this time

by LYN SMITH Why is everyone talking about Catholic Social Teaching these days? Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is a term we appear to hear more frequently since Francis became Pope...

My inner turmoil about my old boss

In late June, the Victoria Police announced that they are “filing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” against Cardinal George Pell. Cardinal Pell is Pope Francis’ chief financial...

The real issue about the doctor-patient relationship

It appears that at least one person is not happy at all with the election statement from the New Zealand Catholic bishops titled “Step Out and Vote”. That person...

Preserving and pillaging privacy

One of the most fraught ethical issues of our day is privacy. On a personal level we feel betrayed if a friend broadcasts secrets we have shared. But we...

Time for compassion and love

by Gordon Copeland Back in the 1970’s, following the opening of an abortion clinic in Auckland in defiance of its illegality; abortion became a political and a divisive issue. At the...

My biggest worry: the lack of priestly vocations in NZ

On the Feast of St James I shall celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my ordination as a bishop. It is not a major celebration, but it is another...

Seymour bill is a little shop of horrors

In the musical and film Little Shop of Horrors, there is a song that is titled “Suddenly Seymour”. One of the lines goes: “Suddenly Seymour is here to provide me sweet understanding...

Participation in a General Election

by Bishop Peter Cullinane Where would the followers of Christ begin to think about this year’s General Election? I suggest our thinking needs to come out of our discipleship; otherwise we...

Catholicism’s empty corner?

by Marcus Roberts Bonjour tout le monde! I write from Montreal where I am currently on sabbatical. It is an interesting place with a seemingly very secular population living in and...

Bishop Patrick Dunn: The gift of sight

We all know that the gift of sight is precious, and perhaps one we take for granted — until we are faced with the possibility we might lose it. Glaucoma...

The neglected jewel

by John Perriam I wish to begin this opinion piece by putting forward three facts: 1. The Christian Church in the western world is losing ground. 2. By no means all, but...

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Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...