Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Reviews New Zealand Catholic

Faith in letters and memories

VALLEY OF FAITH — Sisters of Mercy in Pawarenga 1927–1990 (Available at St Mary’s Convent, New Street, Auckland, ph. 360 8009); $25. Reviewed by BEATE MATTHIES. The cover picture Tangiwai...

Lovely guide to early NZ churches

HISTORIC CHURCHES — A Guide to Over 60 Early New Zealand Churches by Linda Burgess, photography by Robert Burgess (Penguin Random House New Zealand, to be published September 1);...

A fitting tribute to school’s founders

ON THIS ROCK — 75 Years of St Peter’s College, Mountain Road by Matt Elliot, 2015 (Available from St Peter’s College, (09) 524-8108, admin@st-peters.school.nz); $35, plus postage (if required)....

When collecting ‘stuff’ gets out of control

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY Outside, the house looks normal. Inside is the greatest garage sale in history — toys, teddy bears, tennis racquets, books, clothes, ornaments, jugs, newspapers, crockery, knick knacks, cheap jewellery,...

Solid version of the Hardy classic

by JOSEPH MCALEER NEW YORK (CNS) — Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel about romantic entanglements in the English countryside returns to the big screen in Far from the Madding Crowd (Fox). In...

Drone drama flies on moral dilemmas

War films typically come in two kinds: straightforward action shows that depict heroism or have a satisfactory outcome, and those where conflicting motives produce uncertain outcomes.  History also judges specific wars  into those that had...

Worship: A wonderful testament to our nation’s faith

WORSHIP — A History of New Zealand Church Design by Bill McKay (photography by Jane Ussher) (Penguin, Random House, 2015); $85. Reviewed by TERESA WACKROW. In September this year...

The complex truth about Hitchens’ faith explored

by NANCY ROBERTS When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who argued passionately for atheism. Author...

Good things from the West Coast

GOD KNOWS WHERE THEY COME FROM! — Four Faith Stories from Hokitika (Craigs Design & Print Limited, Invercargill, 2014; www.craigprint.co.nz); $29.90. Reviewed by Bishop PATRICK DUNN. This is a fascinating...

Much more than an important pastoral handbook

CANON LAW IN ACTION by Brendan Daly (St Paul’s Publications, 2015); $36 (incl. postage). Reviewed by PATRICIA HANNAN. Msgr Brendan Daly is the principal of Good Shepherd College and a...

Timely reflections on NZ’s early Christian missionaries

Reviewed by PAT LYTHE. TE RONGOPAI 1814, TAKOTO TE PAI — Bicentenary Reflections on Christian Beginnings and Developments in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham,...

The untold story of married Catholic priests

In Keeping the Vow, author Fr D. Paul Sullins, a sociologist and a former Episcopal priest, presents his research on a tiny but fascinating subcategory of American Catholic priests — married Catholic priests who...

The passion of the Coens

by NEVIL GIBSON Distinct comedy styles are usually based on genres rather than those of individuals who specialise on a smaller palette. A few examples are the droll and self-effacing concoctions...

Jean Aunty has spent herself for children

by PETER GRACE New Zealand author Jean Watson was in her 50s when she started a life in India, helping orphans. She and New Zealand author Joy Cowley travelled together to India...

Final of NZ show proves to be an anticlimax

by SUSAN FOGARTY If you’re uncertain about when the word “anticlimax” should be used, just watch the final episode of The Great Food Race (TV3). The final, which screened on April 27...

Sky-high choices get better

by NEVIL GIBSON Nearly 800,000 long-distance trips were made by New Zealanders last year. They travelled to Asia, Europe and across the Pacific on flights lasting at least nine hours. In-flight entertainment (IFE) systems have become a...

Gang drama scores cheque mate

by NEVIL GIBSON It is customary to describe a group of films that have common characteristics as a “genre”, and it can now be fairly claimed that this country has...

American drug drama puts action above morality

by NEVIL GIBSON Like heaven and Earth or black and white, the borderlands between the United States and Mexico depict opposites — the contrast between the rule of law and the...

For those with a desire to be affected by music:...

One place I go looking for ideas for this column is the several boxes of CDs which have survived recent downsizing efforts in our house and are now residing...

Power play among shearing gangs

by NEVIL GIBSON Last year’s hiatus of local films is about to end. Their absence was a huge contrast to 2014 when cinemagoers bought $2 million worth of tickets to...

Bowie grew through his tough times

by SAM HARRIS “Society,” wrote Pope St John Paul II at the beginning of his 1996 Letter to Artists, “needs artists ... to probe the true nature of man, his...

Rugby ‘doco’ kicks for effect

by NEVIL GIBSON At their best, fly-on-the-wall documentaries reveal more about their subjects than they would admit, while also reinforcing their own self-beliefs. Kiwi husband and wife team Christopher Pryor and Miriam...

Story of Maori missionary is fascinating

HENARE WIREMU TARATOA — Noble Warrior by Patricia Brooks (Published by the author, available from 4 Briannell Valley Rd, Pyes Pa (patriciabrooks@xtra.co.nz)); $15 (including postage). Reviewed by GEMMA SINNOTT. is a...

Authenticity drives duo’s music

“Help me out / My friends and I, we’ve got a lot of problems ... While you’re doing fine, there’s some people and I/ Who have a really tough time getting through...

Socialite singer spotlighted

Hollywood ’s most honoured actress, Meryl Streep, has more than met her match with France’s Catherine Frot in their latest roles. Probably more by accident than design, both of their latest films are about the same person. Many dozens of  successful French films...

Time to act on the words of this wonderful encyclical

LAUDATO SI’ — An Encyclical Letter on Ecology and Climate by Pope Francis (St Paul’s Publications, Australia, 2015); $14.99. Reviewed by SUSAN SMITH. Recently I was talking with a parishioner...

The Catholic Voices approach to defending the Faith

HOW TO DEFEND THE FAITH WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE by Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015). 192pp. Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY. It’s a situation we’ve...

Late priest has written well about 20 great mystics

AN INNER MUSIC — Living a life in God by Craig Larkin, SM (Fitzbeck Publishing, 2016; available from good bookshops, or the Society of Mary); $35. Reviewed by LYNDSAY FREER.  In this most...

Jobs: too much of a good thing

by NEVIL GIBSON Two films in the past few years about a legendary American businessman Steve Jobs would normally be considered excessive. But Apple Computer cofounder is no ordinary man. He...

Business trip leads three astray

by NEVIL GIBSON A top 10 list of the best films about business is unlikely to have any from the past year or so. In fact, such a list of...

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Legionary deacon ordained in Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley ordained James Cleary to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Brockville on August 6. Deacon Cleary, of the Legionaries of Christ/ Regnum Christi, is...