Saturday, January 25, 2020

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

Pastors should preach that God’s name is holy

On May 11, Parliament took the first step towards abolishing the blasphemous libel provision of the Crimes Act. An amendment was accepted during the second reading of the Statutes...

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...

Scripture : The kingdom of heaven is a precious gift

July 27: 17th Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalm 119P; 2. Romans 8:28- 30; Gospel, Matthew 13:44-52. by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM Taking a lead from our first reading...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Memories of Notre Dame

In the wake of the fire which seriously damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last month, NZ Catholic asked its publisher, Bishop Patrick Dunn, to share some...

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...

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...