Sunday, December 15, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Which character from the Bible resonates with me?

by Orlando Pedraza Doubting Thomas, one of the 12 apostles, is one character with whom I truly identify. Thomas is labelled...

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,...

Being rational in the face of irrational hate

Reaction to the horrifying slaying of Fr Jacques Hamel while celebrating Mass in a church in northern France last week was swift and understandable. Catholic voices from the Vatican down denounced the killing...

Do Christians really care about trading at Easter?

One of the unfortunate things about government in New Zealand is the low turnout in local body elections.  All the indications are that the turnout for this month’s elections tested record low percentages. That...

Building a bridge: our gay brothers and sisters

Like many others, I have friends and family members who are gay. For some years I have been troubled by the sense of rejection they often feel with regard to...

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...

Bishop Patrick Dunn: The gift of sight

We all know that the gift of sight is precious, and perhaps one we take for granted — until we are faced with the possibility we might lose it. Glaucoma...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Finding Catholic love online

by Lucy O’Donoghue My husband and I met online. One hundred per cent purely online. Hey! It beats meeting in a bar! And yes, it’s the truth! We met on catholicsingles.com...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

The ticket to heaven is not easily attained

by Fr Dwight Longenecker Atheists sometimes blame Christians for believing in a Heavenly Father who is a great big sugar daddy in the sky who will take us to heaven...

The Church’s economic and social teachings

by Ronald Rolheiser Most of us have been raised to believe that we have the right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate...

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...

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...

It’s easy to sacrifice others

by Ron Rolheiser It is better that one man should die for the people.” Why does that line have so haunting a sound? Why does it sound like the refrain...

Catholic schools need to take some calculated risks

by Patrick Walsh In recent years there has been serious debate and reflection on the nature and purpose of our Catholic school network, including the excellent publication by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops...

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...

A blessing of blindness

by Ken Joblin A daily experience for me is to be driven around Christchurch as I go about my life as a blind person....

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...

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...