New Zealand

Abortion law reform: NZ Catholic bishops call to action Comments 0


New Zealand’s parliament is debating a significant revision of the country’s abortion laws. The New Zealand Catholic bishops have sent a message to church members encouraging them to inform themselves about the issue and to take some action while the revision is under consideration. Click here to see a comparison between the existing and the proposed legislation and Read more

A TV series that foretolled Ihumātao Comments 0


Aroha Bridge is a cartoon and political satire that started in 2013. Beyond telling relatable stories, it’s prescient. Ihumātao is a case of reality mimicking fiction. Aroha Bridge is being mimicked by the events happening at Ihumātau In Aroha Bridge’s season three finale, Kamo Kamo Corporation constructs a wall separating Aroha Bridge from the rest of Read more

Analysis and Comment

No sin, no growth Comments 0

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The Hound of Heaven who drove me into the church, also led me to the right priest for instruction,  dear Monsignor Tottman, who gave me the structure that was missing in my enthusiasm. While I waffled on about the spiritual experience, he smiled kindly and said.  “I’m a bread and butter man, myself.” He showed Read more

Cardinal Pell analysis: What happens next? Comments 0

The Vatican is holding off from issuing any disciplinary measures against Cardinal George Pell until the Australian prelate has exhausted all legal avenues in trying to overturn his convictions for the sexual abuse of children. After a panel of judges rejected Pell’s attempt to overturn the December 2018 jury’s guilty verdict against him, the Holy Read more

The Eucharist is about more than Christ becoming present Comments 0

There has been a lot of clerical hand-wringing of late about Catholics who don’t believe what the church teaches about Christ’s presence in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. According to the Pew Research Center, only one-third of Catholics agree that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ. Almost 70 percent believe Read more

50 years of ‘Sesame Street’: What the show’s history can teach us about evangelisation Comments 0

Early one Sunday morning in 1965, the psychologist Lloyd Morrisett found his three-year-old daughter sitting in front of the family television staring at the test pattern. He wondered if he could harness this captivating power of the screen for good and asked as much of the guests at a dinner party he attended shortly thereafter. Read more

Auckland diocese’s JPC ask Ardern to intervene at Ihumātau Comments 0


The Justice and Peace Commission of Catholic Diocese of Auckland is asking the government to intervene in the Ihumātau land dispute. They have asked the government to purchase the disputed land. Deacon Chris Sullivan, the Ihumātao Response Team leader says the Government needs to take the land back first. “Because it was the Government back in Read more

  • Oddly

    • A robotic priest that preaches sermons

      A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion – despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster”. The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto. Read more
  • World

  • Pope’s homily on hypocrisy confronts a practise what you preach moment Comments 0

    Christians who seem close to the church but are hypocrites because they don’t care for others, are like aimless tourists, Pope Francis said last week. They “are always passing by but never enter the church in a fully communal way” Francis told those at his at his weekly general audience. Saying these Christians are like Read more

  • Priest and nuns who sacked nun face defamation charges Comments 0

    A priest and five nuns are facing defamation charges after releasing defamatory videos of Sister Lucy Kalappura, who was expelled from her congregation early this month. Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) nun, Kalappura complained the accused used social media to falsely portray her interactions with journalists as a salacious affair. The police had registered the case Read more

  • Bishop emeritus says Amazon synod will miss the mark Comments 0

    A long-serving missionary bishop of the Amazon River delta says the Instrumentum laboris for October’s synod on the Amazon misses the problems faced by the Church in the region. “What is the Amazonian face? Can a synod next October of this magnitude be built with a presentation so far from reality, from identity, from respect Read more

  • It’s cowardly – Pell hasn’t been defrocked Comments 0

    Abuse survivor Tim Lennon says the Vatican should have been decisive after George Pell was convicted and immediately defrocked him. However following the Victoria Supreme Court’s 2-1 ruling against Pell (78) last week, his legal team says it is considering a further appeal to Australia’s High Court. The Vatican says it is waiting for Pell Read more

  • Pope calls for help with Amazon fires Comments 0

    Pope Francis is pleading for the international community to work together to put out the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. He is voicing the growing international concern about the vast tracts of tropical forest ravaged by blazes in Brazil and neighbouring countries. A Boeing SuperTanker and six other planes have been deployed to help Read more