Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

Honour the One who rules over all things

by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM August 24: 21st Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138; 2. Romans 11:33- 36; Gospel, Matthew 16:13-20 There is in today’s readings a presence...

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...

Family Talk: Tidy-up is best done under deadline

by DOROTHY COUP A booking clerk from the hospital rang to say there had been a cancellation and was I able to take the appointment for surgery next week? “Oh, good,” I...

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,...

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...

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...

Who are the prophets in our society today?

One of the striking images from US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Vatican was of him and his wife standing hand in hand gazing up at Michelangelo’s...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Marriage a call for the good of Christian society

by JULIA DU FRESNE It’s years since I formed the dearest friendship of my life, with a man who’s gay. He’s gone from me now to the far side of...

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...

My biggest worry: the lack of priestly vocations in NZ

On the Feast of St James I shall celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my ordination as a bishop. It is not a major celebration, but it is another...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The neglected jewel

by John Perriam I wish to begin this opinion piece by putting forward three facts: 1. The Christian Church in the western world is losing ground. 2. By no means all, but...

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...

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...

Generational differences should be embraced

by Lauren Holloway Are generational differences in the workplace really as big a deal as everyone makes them out to be? Because of quick and accessible sources of information, such as...

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 scandal of the hierarchy

by Dan Stollenwerk I hate it too. And who wouldn’t? A cardinal sleeping with seminarians — an open secret; priests raping children — and bishops quietly moving them to outlaying parishes; parishioners finally...

In electing Trump, America was revealed

After his presentation at Christ the King church in Owairaka, Auckland on March 21, The Simple Way’s Shane Claiborne was asked by a member of the audience: “Who do you think Jesus...

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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,...