Saturday, November 17, 2018

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

Caring hands of friends and saints felt when in pain

by DOROTHY COUP My column was late this month; I had a heart attack. Excuses, excuses. A bit different, I know, from, “the dog ate my homework” or “it must have...

Our gaze upon the city

by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI Jesus, it seems, had mixed feelings towards the world. He loved the world, laid down his life for it, and challenged us to love the...

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...

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...

Going to heaven – by good luck or by God’s grace?

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser This is a thought inside the head of Marilynne Robinson’s fictional character, Lila, in Robinson’s recent novel. Lila has reason to think that way; that is,...

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...

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...

Fewer people are going to church — who to blame?

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in churchgoing is not paralleled by the same widespread growth...

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...

Sustaining a prayer life

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI It’s hard to sustain a regular life of prayer. Why? Why is it so difficult to pray regularly? Some reasons are obvious: overbusyness, tiredness and too...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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....

Nothing is impossible with God!

by Gordon Copeland Having read and prayed about it, I feel compelled to respond to Joy Cowley’s article, “Why are we so ungay about ‘gayness’,” and the way it challenges...

Building spiritual bridges

by Julie Asher When he was installed as head of the diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, just a year ago, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano urged his new flock to be builders...

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...

Let’s not spook the horses!

by Kieran Fouhy Any parent with young children will appreciate the stress that occurs when driving long distance. It was always a stressful experience with our four children under 2½ years....

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...

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...

Where are you going?

by Fr Patrick McInerney As I walked the cobblestone streets of old Jerusalem where Jesus once walked, the shopkeepers called out to me, “Where do you come from?” When I...

Family life, Oranga Whanau and the synod in Rome

by Bishop Charles Drennan One thing we all have in common is family life. Love it or struggle with it, one’s family to a very significant degree shapes who we are....

Why are we so ungay about ‘gayness’?

by JOY COWLEY A few months after the twin towers tragedy, Terry and I were in New York and on our way to a Sunday morning Mass at St Patrick’s....

Limits for discussion are as set by Christ

by Mark de Vries Cardinal Walter Kasper has come increasingly under fire from fellow cardinals and others in the Church for his comments about marriage, divorce and Communion. In general it is...

Marriage annulment: perception and reality

Fr Anthony Malone, OFM, is an associate judicial vicar for the Tribunal of the Catholic Church, based in Auckland. This means that, as a canon lawyer, he helps resolve matters...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...