Friday, July 19, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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....

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...

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...

Eating together helps make a family meal holy

by DOROTHY COUP “Five o’clock, time to go home for tea,” my mother would say, sending home any neighbourhood children playing at our house. If I were at a friend’s house,...

Let’s stop the war in New Zealand

by Fr Wayne Healy It’s a sad state of affairs to read and see nation after nation in conflict with each other, such as Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan — 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 reality of God

by Ronald Rolheiser God does not cease to exist just because we do not think about him. Ruth Burrows, in a recent book, points this out by presenting us with...

An aversion to thinking is a sin

by Cody Knox The world is changing. I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes. Anti-intellectualism is sweeping through Western civilisation and there is no high ground,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hope — the essence of any Catholic school

by Kieran Fouhy An early mantra I learned from my first years of teaching was at the dining table and from wise teaching brothers. I would arrive at the dining room frustrated...

Mystic or unbeliever

by Father Ron Rolheiser A generation ago, Karl Rahner made the statement that there would soon come a time when each of us will either be a mystic or a non-believer. What’s...

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...

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 ‘toxic’ male — ways to bulletproof your son

by KIERAN FOUHY A cursory reading and/or watching of the news does not sit well for parents of young men. If the alcohol-fuelled hoon doesn’t grab the airways, it is the...

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...

‘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...