Sunday, August 25, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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...

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...

Cultivating virtues in one’s children

by Shannon Roberts Parenting is no easy task. Be reassured that your hidden work as a parent is life-changing and worldchanging; no matter the times you feel like it’s all...

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 blessing of blindness

by Ken Joblin A daily experience for me is to be driven around Christchurch as I go about my life as a blind person....

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...

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...

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...

Gaudete et Exsultate a document for our day

Apostolic Exhortations are usually the result of a synod and attempt to combine the ideas presented by many bishops into a single document. In consequence they are often lengthy...

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...

Sweet Garden

BY JULIA DU FRESNE I once knew a parish priest who didn’t believe in purgatory. He said so. From the pulpit. Another concedes that it exists — but not for...

Evangelising beyond the sacristy

by Sue Jones Bishop Barron’s article “Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities” (NZ Catholic, August 12) raised questions about evangelisation. How are we, as Catholics, to evangelise? What...

Finding news articles relevant to young people

For the past few weeks I have been visiting the NZ Catholic offices in Ponsonby as a hopeful future journalist, looking to learn the ropes and see firsthand the inner workings of a newsroom. I...

Scripture : It is the Word of God that truly nourishes

August 3: 18th Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145; 2. Romans 8:35, 37- 39; Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21. by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM Being fed from the love of God is...

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 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...

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...

The real war is against a culture of death

by Brendan Malone Whenever people ask me what I think is the biggest challenge we face today in regard to abortion, it can be tempting to think in terms that are far too narrow. For...

Our prayer must point always to God

HOLY DESPERATION: Praying as if Your Life Depends on It by Heather King. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2017). 224 pp., US $13.95. PRAYER SEEDS: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections and...

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...

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...

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...

Sweet Garden : We should kneel before Christ, not ‘stand in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...