Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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,...

Almsgiving and the challenge of encounter

In the fading days of summer, Kiwi Catholics know that another season looms — Lent, with its increased focus on prayer, almsgiving and fasting, in preparation for Easter.  St Augustine described fasting and...

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...

Sweet Garden

BY JULIA DU FRESNE I once knew a parish priest who didn’t believe in purgatory. He said so. From the pulpit. Another concedes that it exists — but not for...

Scripture : It is the Word of God that truly nourishes

August 3: 18th Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145; 2. Romans 8:35, 37- 39; Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21. by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM Being fed from the love of God is...

Once were Catholics

by Liz Pearce I read the following by Merepeka Raukawa-Tait in the Daily Post: “I am amazed how often I meet people who ‘once were Catholics’. You never ask why they...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why are we so ungay about ‘gayness’?

by JOY COWLEY A few months after the twin towers tragedy, Terry and I were in New York and on our way to a Sunday morning Mass at St Patrick’s....

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...

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...

What young people want

by Michael Hempseed A few years ago I went along to a Church meeting in England. It was basically a How-to-Fix-the- Church meeting. The topic of why there were no young people...

Irritations and the spiritual life

by Ronald Rolheiser Stanley Elkin once suggested that, “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than for an irritated person to enter the kingdom of...

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...

The problem with our Catholic schools

by TREVOR POWELL It used to be that our schools had to take five per cent of non Catholics. In many schools it feels like the five per cent now...

We have to fight for what we believe in

by STEPHEN CLARK In 1916, at the age of 17, my great-uncle Tom was killed during the battle of the Somme, along with all of his “pals” and another half...

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...

Let’s not be precious about Communion

by MILES CARDALE Have we at last got a pope who can think outside the conservatism of centuries of the Church? In April, the Pope reportedly telephoned a woman, divorced and...

On how we react to criticism and opposition

by Fr Ron Rolheiser Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Atheist sees much to admire in the Christmas story

There was much for Christians and non-Christians to learn from the wisdom of an atheist, political leader Dr Russel Norman, writes Ian Harris in the Otago Daily Times. While the...

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...

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18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...