Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

Are Catholics letting down the community?

by Jim Consedine In Christchurch in the past five years, there has been huge disruption to daily routines and placement. People have been seeking out places of refuge — an ancient biblical concept — to meet...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Wise heads on wealth and inequality

by Stephen Olsen London School of Economics professor Robert Wade and journalist Max Rashbrooke make for a formidable pairing when it comes to framing essential questions about wealth and inequality....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Being truly nice is harder than it seems

by Erick Rommel NEW YORK (CNS) — Good things happen to nice people. As far as philosophies go, that one must rank near the top. At the very least, it’s a...

Guardini’s thought seen in Laudato Si’

by Fr Eugene Hemrick JOLIET, Ohio (CNS) — Every outstanding thinker’s ideas can be traced to the influence of great thinkers. In his recent encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si’,...

Time for old doctrine to go

EDITORIAL For thousands of years, indigenous peoples lived free in their territories. When European monarchies arrived in the Western Hemisphere during the so-called Age of Discovery, they claimed the lands,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bishop vents about dress standards, behaviour at Mass

by Bishop Thomas Tobin After attending Sunday Mass in Florida not too long ago I came across the following admonition in the Sunday bulletin: “Please come to Mass early enough...

The value of a gracious response

by DOROTHY COUP When sitting at the table with my three-year-old granddaughter I asked her to please pass me the biscuits. “Thank you,” I said when she did. “You’re welcome,” she replied. I found...

Law can’t kill Jesus again

Editorial One likely consequence of the June 26 decision of the United States Supreme Court, to legalise so-called homosexual “marriage”, is its effect on Christians. Some Christians will see it for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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