Sunday, February 24, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

Medjugorje visit wonderful and memorable

by REX EVANS  We recently went to Medjugorje at Our Lady’s command and spent a week there with members of a group called Maranatha Conversion. They are based in Brussells, Belgium,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A doctor speaks out against assisted suicide

This is the text of the written submission made by Dr Mary English to Parliament’s Health Select Committee concerning their Ending of Life inquiry. by Dr Mary English I am a...

The Church’s economic and social teachings

by Ronald Rolheiser Most of us have been raised to believe that we have the right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate...

Traditionalists agree with call for more understanding

by Diane Taylor Ecclesia Dei Society New Zealand (EDSNZ) appreciates the recent article (NZ Catholic June 15-28) regarding EDSNZ’s presentation to the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC). Pope Benedict spoke highly...

Evangelising beyond the sacristy

by Sue Jones Bishop Barron’s article “Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities” (NZ Catholic, August 12) raised questions about evangelisation. How are we, as Catholics, to evangelise? What...

Gender confusion, and an old heresy

by Robert Barron Two news items from early June put me in mind of St Irenaeus and the battle he waged, 19 centuries ago, against the Gnostic heresy. The first was...

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...

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...

Sweet Garden : We should kneel before Christ, not ‘stand in...

by JULIA DU FRESNE A Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger story depicts the devil, ordered by God to reveal himself to one of the desert fathers, as “black and ugly, with frightening...

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,...

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,...

The need to admire

by Ronald Rolheiser Several years ago, Roger Rosenblatt,in an essay in Time magazine, offered this advice to his son who was graduating from high school and heading off to college:...

Hope — the essence of any Catholic school

by Kieran Fouhy An early mantra I learned from my first years of teaching was at the dining table and from wise teaching brothers. I would arrive at the dining room frustrated...

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...

Bishop Patrick Dunn’s main wish for 2017

The following is a New Year 2017 reflection by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. If I was given a wish for 2017, it would be for that elusive...

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...

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...

What is really at stake in the abortion debate

There has been much clamour recently over the call from the Abortion Supervisory Committee to review the law about abortions in New Zealand. Activists have been forthright in demands to...

Bishop vents about dress standards, behaviour at Mass

by Bishop Thomas Tobin After attending Sunday Mass in Florida not too long ago I came across the following admonition in the Sunday bulletin: “Please come to Mass early enough...

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...

Building spiritual bridges

by Julie Asher When he was installed as head of the diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, just a year ago, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano urged his new flock to be builders...

Let’s stop the war in New Zealand

by Fr Wayne Healy It’s a sad state of affairs to read and see nation after nation in conflict with each other, such as Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan — and...

Bethlehem’s light has never been extinguished

One of the visual attractions of this time of year is the growing practice of decorating houses with Christmas lights. A prominent example is Franklin Road in Ponsonby in Auckland,...

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...

Featured News

New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...