Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

The reality of God

by Ronald Rolheiser God does not cease to exist just because we do not think about him. Ruth Burrows, in a recent book, points this out by presenting us with...

Hong Kong’s maids may include numerous saints

by Sandra Crashley We were in Hong Kong just weeks ago and spent a day in the same street where so many residents are now staging a sit in. We...

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...

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...

Providing the ‘why’ this Christmas season

by DOROTHY COUP When I happily tell people I have 20 grandchildren, their response is often: “I bet Christmas is expensive. How do you afford it?” Then they give 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....

An aversion to thinking is a sin

by Cody Knox The world is changing. I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes. Anti-intellectualism is sweeping through Western civilisation and there is no high ground,...

Family Talk: Tidy-up is best done under deadline

by DOROTHY COUP A booking clerk from the hospital rang to say there had been a cancellation and was I able to take the appointment for surgery next week? “Oh, good,” I...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

The value and power of ritual

by Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe. In...

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,...

Beware of an occupational hazard

by Ronald Rolheiser OMI In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story: Imagine...

First impressions of ‘Laudato Si’

by MARY BETZ Laudato Si’ is a remarkable synthesis of science, theology, ethics, spirituality and poetry. The words of Pope Francis are both bold and gentle: He calls for “changes of...

Being good and great after the hate

In the wake of the terror shootings in Christchurch, with the dead still awaiting burials as this editorial is being written, it is difficult to find words to do justice to the...

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...

The grave does not get the last word

by Jeremy Suisted By all accounts the 1600s did not seem like the greatest century to be living in Europe. As the Black Plague ravaged nation after nation, sweeping through with...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Law can’t kill Jesus again

Editorial One likely consequence of the June 26 decision of the United States Supreme Court, to legalise so-called homosexual “marriage”, is its effect on Christians. Some Christians will see it for...

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Auckland diocese welcomes new general manager

Auckland diocese’s new general manager, James van Schie, was “handed over” to his new role by friends, family and other supporters at a powhiri at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby on...