Sunday, February 24, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

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”...

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...

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,...

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...

Author suggests feminism may be a heresy

The following summary of an article in Crisis magazine postulates that feminism might be a heresy. by JOHN ZMIRAK You might be surprised to hear feminism described as a “heresy”. You may...

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...

Canada court claims over top

During the next few weeks and months many arguments will be posited concerning David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill which Parliament has sent to the Justice Select Committee. Arguments...

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...

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...

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...

The ‘toxic’ male — ways to bulletproof your son

by KIERAN FOUHY A cursory reading and/or watching of the news does not sit well for parents of young men. If the alcohol-fuelled hoon doesn’t grab the airways, it is the...

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...

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...

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...

Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking II

This is the second part of a two-part article written by Bishop Peter Cullinane titled: Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking. We cannot exclude from the title of “peace-makers” those who...

Synod debate set straight by cardinal

The following is most of a letter by Cardinal Vincent Nichols about the Synod on the Family, which was read out to Massgoers over the weekend of October 25 and 26. I was privileged...

Providing the ‘why’ this Christmas season

by DOROTHY COUP When I happily tell people I have 20 grandchildren, their response is often: “I bet Christmas is expensive. How do you afford it?” Then they give a...

Time for compassion and love

by Gordon Copeland Back in the 1970’s, following the opening of an abortion clinic in Auckland in defiance of its illegality; abortion became a political and a divisive issue. At the...

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...

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,...

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...

Traditionalists agree with call for more understanding

by Diane Taylor Ecclesia Dei Society New Zealand (EDSNZ) appreciates the recent article (NZ Catholic June 15-28) regarding EDSNZ’s presentation to the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC). Pope Benedict spoke highly...

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...

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...

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 grave does not get the last word

by Jeremy Suisted By all accounts the 1600s did not seem like the greatest century to be living in Europe. As the Black Plague ravaged nation after nation, sweeping through with...

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New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...