New Zealand

Christchurch super-parishes sorted Comments 0

Super-parishes are the way to go in Christchurch, with major changes planned for later this year. A plan to merge 12 of Christchurch’s Catholic parishes into five super-parishes has been given the go ahead by Bishop Paul Martin, who announced his final decision last month. The decision was six months in the making, based on Read more

Domestic abuse victims say no to ‘no-fault’ divorce settlements Comments 0

Domestic abuse victims are speaking out about no-fault divorce settlements that see their abusers entitled to 50 percent of the marital property. Sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars change hands. Some say they paid for the property while their spouse abused them and paid for little or nothing. One woman said her ex-husband was laughing Read more

Analysis and Comment

Pope Francis slams those who exploit Amazon region Comments 0

A new document by Pope Francis slams countries and companies exploiting the Amazon region and calls on the Catholic Church to find new paths and methods to minister to its indigenous people. But those new paths do not include the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the region. The document, called “Querida Amazonia” Read more

Political campaigns target Catholics at Mass Comments 0

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In 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes. This time, a group that favours Trump is trying to ensure a repeat victory. And it’s using something called geofencing to find Catholics at Mass. For All Tech Considered, NPR’s Audie Cornish spoke with Heidi Schlumpf of the National Catholic Reporter Read more

Two popes are one too many Comments 0

Fr Thomas Reece SJ

In a new book, “From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his co-author, conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah, strongly defend celibacy, arguing that priesthood and sexual abstinence are integrally linked together. He argues that even married priests were supposed to abstain from sex Read more

Exit interview: Eli Matthewson on leaving the church Comments 0

Each week NZ Herald’s Eleanor Black invites someone to reflect on taking an exit – from a job, a lover, a lifestyle. This week, Eli Matthewson talks about leaving the church. What church did you grow up in? It was Presbyterian by name but I don’t know if it was fully Presbyterian by how it Read more

Catholic Church should apologise for land confiscations Comments 0

The Catholic Church should apologise for its role in the confiscation of Māori land and colonisation, says the New Zealand Māori Council . A pivotal part of this involves the “Doctrine of Discovery”. This doctrine (which is enshrined in Catholic law) was used internationally as justification for Christians to claim land belonging to non-Christians. Māori Read more

  • Oddly

    • Where is the world’s biggest Christian church?

      After it was completed in 1989, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in the West African country of Ivory Coast pushed St Peter’s Basilica in Rome’s Vatican City into second place. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace has an internal space of 30,000 square metres, almost twice the size of St Peter’s, and Read more
  • World

  • Apostolic exhortation on Amazon disappoints and outrages Comments 0

    The apostolic exhortation on the Amazon has disappointed those hoping for an opening of clerical roles to married men and women. Many are saying that in Querida Amazonia (“Beloved Amazon”) Pope Francis has failed to extend his prophetic voice about environmental injustice to injustices to the church. They are also outraged over its language of Read more

  • Acquitted Cardinal acknowledges errors of governance Comments 0

    Acquitted Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France has admitted to errors in governance for not denouncing former priest Bernard Preynat’s sexual abuse of minors. A week after the Court of Appeal in Lyon acquitted him Barbarin spoke of his “errors of governance” and discussed the “media tsunami” that has surrounded him in the past four Read more

  • Huge parish restructure involves mergers and closures Comments 0

    A major parish restructure involving mergers and closures has been announced in Chicago as part of Cardinal Blase Cupich’s “Renew my Church” initiative. Most of the mergers involve two or more parishes, many of which have schools associated with them. In two cases, four current parishes will be merged into one. The investigation and decision-making Read more

  • Vatican guidelines for priests’ children released from secrecy Comments 0

    Vatican guidelines for the way the Church should treat children of priests have been released after after a meeting with Vincent Doyle, a prominent campaigner on the issue. Doyle, whose father was a priest, is a member of  Coping International, an organisation that campaigns for the rights of priests’ children. Although the guidelines are not Read more