Sunday, November 18, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Kicking the elephant out of the lab

by Stacy Trasancos Some say they were pursued by the Hound of Heaven, a grace that would not take leave, not in the “nights” or “down the days,” the “arches...

Limits for discussion are as set by Christ

by Mark de Vries Cardinal Walter Kasper has come increasingly under fire from fellow cardinals and others in the Church for his comments about marriage, divorce and Communion. In general it is...

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...

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...

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...

What we give, we shall receive

by JULIA DU FRESNE Why should we bother with contemplative prayer? Isn’t it a bit weird? It’s all very well for monks and nuns and mystics like John of the...

The Catholic high school as parish mission

By DR DAN STOLLENWERK In the first year of his pontificate Pope Francis made news in an interview with the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, by likening the Church to a field hospital. In...

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...

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...

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...

Less talking, more loving

by JULIA DU FRESNE I’m ashamed of myself. Embarrassed. “Sucked in breadly”, the taunt my small daughter would hurl at her smaller brothers (she meant “sucked in badly”) after playing them...

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...

Eating together helps make a family meal holy

by DOROTHY COUP “Five o’clock, time to go home for tea,” my mother would say, sending home any neighbourhood children playing at our house. If I were at a friend’s house,...

Marriage a call for the good of Christian society

by JULIA DU FRESNE It’s years since I formed the dearest friendship of my life, with a man who’s gay. He’s gone from me now to the far side of...

Where do I belong in church today?

by Carmel Carter What is the role of the older person in the Church today? I mean the really old person — 80 or so years? I am sitting out in the sun in...

Marriage annulment: perception and reality

Fr Anthony Malone, OFM, is an associate judicial vicar for the Tribunal of the Catholic Church, based in Auckland. This means that, as a canon lawyer, he helps resolve matters...

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...

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...

Let’s not spook the horses!

by Kieran Fouhy Any parent with young children will appreciate the stress that occurs when driving long distance. It was always a stressful experience with our four children under 2½ years....

Fewer people are going to church — who to blame?

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in churchgoing is not paralleled by the same widespread growth...

Liturgical responses to the abuse crisis

As new revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors are made the question posed to Catholics is — what should one do? Many suggestions can be made, but it is becoming increasingly apparent...

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,...

Sustaining a prayer life

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI It’s hard to sustain a regular life of prayer. Why? Why is it so difficult to pray regularly? Some reasons are obvious: overbusyness, tiredness and too...

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...

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...

Married priests? Be careful what you ask for

by Fr Dwight Longenecker Married priests? I am one. As a former Anglican minister, I have been ordained as a Catholic priest under a special measure called the Pastoral Provision. Through...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...