Thursday, July 18, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

The scandal of the hierarchy

by Dan Stollenwerk I hate it too. And who wouldn’t? A cardinal sleeping with seminarians — an open secret; priests raping children — and bishops quietly moving them to outlaying parishes; parishioners finally...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Who are the prophets in our society today?

One of the striking images from US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Vatican was of him and his wife standing hand in hand gazing up at Michelangelo’s...

Opinion : Hope amidst disillusionment?

What do Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Nigel Farage of UK Brexit fame, Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte and Pope Francis have in common? They are all “outsiders” who have tapped into a backlash of widespread...

‘Mass is boring — I don’t want to go’

John Henry Newman once remarked that the Church hierarchy considered all converts dangerous. As a temperamentally disputatious ex-Methodist, I am sensitive to the charge and try, usually in vain, to...

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...

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...

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...

Are video games killing our young men?

By Carolyn Moynihan One of the great concerns in advanced economies is unemployment among men, and  especially young men. In the United States, millions of manufacturing jobs have disappeared with the advance of technological change,...

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...

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...

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...

What does ‘hope’ really mean (II)?

This is the second half of an article called “What does ‘hope’ really mean?” by Bishop Peter Cullinane. A good starting point is the New Testament Scriptures. The disciples...

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...

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...

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...

What does hope really mean? – Part 1

by Bishop Peter Cullinane Our reflections at this time are on hope. What does hope mean in situations that sometimes seem hopeless? To address this question, it helps to have...

Three words can make a difference

by Br Doug Dawick, FMS Very often three little words can make all the difference — to patch up, initiate, support, build. Let’s look at some of them. I am here....

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...

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...

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...

Māori Language Week: a plea for Māori Masses

by Eljon Fitzgerald The first Catholic missionaries to Aotearoa made the effort to learn the Māori language to enable them to preach the Gospel of Christ to Māori communities.  The French...

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...

No sense in entitlement

Editorial Comments by a Nelson school principal about an overblown sense of entitlement among young people have touched one of New Zealand’s most sensitive nerves. A favourite Kiwi debating point over...

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”...

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...

A Catholic priest who enjoyed Ramadan

by Fr Patrick McInerney It was a wonderful month. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was out most nights. I met lots of old friends. I made new friends. We shared meals. We had...