Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

The unhappy cost of resentment

by Ron Rolheiser It’s not only love that makes the world go round. Resentment too is prominent in stirring the drink. In so many ways our world is drowning in resentment....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Medjugorje visit wonderful and memorable

by REX EVANS  We recently went to Medjugorje at Our Lady’s command and spent a week there with members of a group called Maranatha Conversion. They are based in Brussells, Belgium,...

A believer must tune in to the mind of God

by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM August 31: 22nd Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; 2. Romans 12:1-2; Gospel, Matthew 16:21-27. In brief, this set of readings gets us thinking...

Can the Reformation benefit us all? – a Roman Catholic perspective

The following is the speech given by Palmerston North Bishop Emeritus Speaking at the All Saints Anglican Community Centre in Palmerston North on May 21,2017 in celebration of the 500th...

Manifestations of a subdued mass hysteria

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...

Moral intelligence

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI There are different ways of being intelligent, of being awake. Not everyone is bright in the same way. Some people are gifted mathematically and philosophically. That’s...

Nothing is impossible with God!

by Gordon Copeland Having read and prayed about it, I feel compelled to respond to Joy Cowley’s article, “Why are we so ungay about ‘gayness’,” and the way it challenges...

Confession not a parole board hearing

by JIM CONSEDINE Pope Francis has made mercy the central theme of the Extraordinary Holy Year, which begins in December 2015. “It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy,” he...

Angry note shows trouble with sex work

On May 18, New Zealand’s favourite psychologist, Nigel Latta, penned an angry online note about how the death of a young South Island woman was being reported. His message on Facebook reads: “An open,...

Disciples with many faces

by Ronald Rolheiser In a new book entitled Jesus of Nazareth, famed German Scripture scholar Gerhard Lohfink describes how people in the Gospels related to Jesus in different ways. Not everyone...

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...

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...

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...

Is there enough goodwill for future dialogue?

Writers’ festivals are places where aspiring and acknowledged literary luminaries often display their wares and take notes on the wares of others. The foreign editor of The Australian newspaper, Greg Sheridan, has been doing...

Difference or indifference: the challenges of ecumenism

by Ross Bay Several weeks ago a couple of dozen people gathered in the St John’s College chapel for a memorial service for Philip Potter, who was general secretary of the...

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...

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...

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...

The little red hen

by John Perriam Sometimes, even now after 45 years, my mind goes back to a significant moment in my life. It was such a simple yet profound revelation. It was...

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...

Our gaze upon the city

by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI Jesus, it seems, had mixed feelings towards the world. He loved the world, laid down his life for it, and challenged us to love the...

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...