Sunday, August 18, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Mystic or unbeliever

by Father Ron Rolheiser A generation ago, Karl Rahner made the statement that there would soon come a time when each of us will either be a mystic or a non-believer. What’s...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Happy memories, teaching in China

by Mark Andaman They told me to wait outside the room. It was a dark November evening, and we were on the sixth floor of the main teaching building. I had...

Preserving and pillaging privacy

One of the most fraught ethical issues of our day is privacy. On a personal level we feel betrayed if a friend broadcasts secrets we have shared. But we...

Pastors should preach that God’s name is holy

On May 11, Parliament took the first step towards abolishing the blasphemous libel provision of the Crimes Act. An amendment was accepted during the second reading of the Statutes...

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...

2016 theme may be a challenge

Editorial Is there a problem with the Vatican’s chosen theme for Church World Day of Peace 2016? The selected theme, announced earlier this month, is “Overcome indifference and win peace”. How can...

To witness and not to ‘preach’

Fr Valeriano Barbero, SDB,, pioneer missionary to Papua NewGuinea, completed 48 years of life as a Salesian priest. He reflects on his experience of faith and mission recalling incidents that...

Trump victory no reason to do away with democracy

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.”  Winston Churchill is recorded as saying this in the UK House of Commons...

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...

The real war is against a culture of death

by Brendan Malone Whenever people ask me what I think is the biggest challenge we face today in regard to abortion, it can be tempting to think in terms that are far too narrow. For...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

Suppressing their consciences

In December 2009, a current National Member of Parliament sent a handwritten Christmas card to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, which said: “Thank you for your letter . . . urging me to vote against...

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...

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...

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...

The hero complex

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser Several years ago, the movie Argo won the Academy award as the best movie of the year. I enjoyed the movie in that it was a...

Euthanasia and doctor-assisted death

by Ronald Rolheiser Raissa Maritain the philosopher and spiritual writer, died somemonths after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After herdeath, her...

Cultivating virtues in one’s children

by Shannon Roberts Parenting is no easy task. Be reassured that your hidden work as a parent is life-changing and worldchanging; no matter the times you feel like it’s all...

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,...

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...