Friday, September 21, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

Dispelling lie on abortion decriminalisation

by Gordon Copeland The following was published in a recent Dominion Post in answer to questions to Jacinda Ardern, from journalist Hendry Cooke: Q. What is your stance on the current...

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...

‘Mass is boring — I don’t want to go’

John Henry Newman once remarked that the Church hierarchy considered all converts dangerous. As a temperamentally disputatious ex-Methodist, I am sensitive to the charge and try, usually in vain, to...

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,...

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...

Wars and rumours of war and peacemaking

by Bishop Peter Cullinane At times, life seems like a tug-of-war between cruelties and atrocities over against goodness, grace and beauty, whether in nature or in human lives. I think the more we...

The Catholic high school as parish mission

By DR DAN STOLLENWERK In the first year of his pontificate Pope Francis made news in an interview with the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, by likening the Church to a field hospital. In...

Married priests? Be careful what you ask for

by Fr Dwight Longenecker Married priests? I am one. As a former Anglican minister, I have been ordained as a Catholic priest under a special measure called the Pastoral Provision. Through...

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...

Take action for Christians in Iraq

NZ CATHOLIC Editorial Prayers are being said around the world for Christians in Iraq, who are being persecuted by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), but there is only...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

The real issue about the doctor-patient relationship

It appears that at least one person is not happy at all with the election statement from the New Zealand Catholic bishops titled “Step Out and Vote”. That person...

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...

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....

Let’s not be precious about Communion

by MILES CARDALE Have we at last got a pope who can think outside the conservatism of centuries of the Church? In April, the Pope reportedly telephoned a woman, divorced and...

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...

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...

Dawkins bears down on fairytales

In 1897 an eight-year-old Manhattan girl wrote to the New York Sun newspaper, asking as to the truth of Santa Claus’s existence. The answer, a masterpiece of kindly wisdom, is...

Ending of Life report leaves door open for more debate

The decision of Parliament’s Health Select Committee, reporting on its Ending of Life in New Zealand inquiry, not to make a recommendation on introducing “assisted dying” legislation has both...

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...

Featured News

Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...