New Zealand

Church leaders key in sharing COVID vaccine message Comments 0

Helpful Covid messaging from church leaders within the Pacific community has health officials singing their praises. Both Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) general practitioner Dr Natalie Hopoi and New Zealand Director of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield say the church leaders have played an important role so far. Their continued support will be needed to endorse the Read more

NZ Government courts wealthy; says priests are not essential Comments 0

Wealthy foreigners looking for residency status are being courted by New Zealand as prospective immigrants. Stuff reports, a team of five immigration officials – including one in Europe and another in North America –are still promoting “investor interest in New Zealand” so high net-worth investors can enter the country as soon as the borders re-open. Read more

Analysis and Comment

Being Catholic Comments 0

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When I’m asked why I am a Catholic, the simplest answer is: “Because it works.” Sometimes, that hasn’t been enough. People have wanted detail, a comprehensive answer to their “why?” The explanation can be long and tedious. Do they want a personal journey? Or something about Catholic teaching? It is one thing to talk about Read more

Can reinventing parish life save it? Comments 0

In a pastoral message released in December, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of the Archdiocese of Quebec announced a dramatic transformation in how the Catholic Church in the province should understand itself. Faced with declining resources and a faithful but increasingly small cohort of weekly Mass attendees—between 2 and 11 percent of the province, according to The Read more

Cancel Culture: Burn it down Comments 0

cancel culture

Fans of Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, have been reeling this month at further allegations about his misogyny and abusive behavior on the sets of some of his beloved television programs and films. I should know; I’m one of those fans. “Buffy” is still my favorite show after all these years. Just to show Read more

In their response to Biden and abortion, are the US bishops attempting to impose a theocracy? Comments 0

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Are Catholicism and democracy incompatible? Pope Pius IX, in his notorious 1864 Syllabus of Errors, seemed to think so. Every Catholic politicians since then has had to wrestle with the eruptions and upheavals that occur where these two tectonic plates grind together. The latest example is President Joe Biden, who has been reprimanded by the President Read more

Pope expects to die in Rome – either in office or emeritus Comments 0

In a new book Pope Francis hints at possible retirement, saying he’ll either be in office or emeritus when he dies. Regardless of whether Francis dies in office or emeritus, he intends staying in Rome and wants to be buried there. He does not want to be buried in Buenos Aires, where he spent most Read more

  • World

  • Head of German Catholic bishops will not deny Protestants Communion Comments 0

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    The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said he will continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing said it was necessary to respect the “personal decision of conscience” of those seeking to receive Communion. CNA Deutsch reported that Bätzing responded to a question about a controversial proposal Read more

  • Vatican ambassador to Iraq has COVID: Concerns mount about pope’s trip Comments 0

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    According to infectious disease experts, the pope’s upcoming trip to Iraq is ‘not a good idea’. They have expressed concern about a sharp rise in coronavirus infections and a fragile health system in the country. There is also the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Pope Francis Read more

  • The Church needs to form a ‘post-COVID-19’ generation Comments 0

    ‘post-COVID-19’ generation

    Romanian Catholic archbishop Aurel Percă believes, “there is a need to form a ‘post-COVID-19’ generation that will establish a different kind of relationship between people.” Percă has never led his archdiocese in normal times. He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest in January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed Romania. In a Feb. Read more

  • Religious services are essential services says Vatican official Comments 0

    A Vatican official is insisting religious services should be seen as the highest of essential services. Pandemic practices over the past year have shown they are not automatically super-spreader events, Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. “There are numerous examples of how the freedom of worship Read more

  • Synod to discuss reform and faith crisis in Ireland Comments 0

    Catholic bishops are planning a synod to look at Ireland’s crisis of faith, address the need for reform and renewal, and respond to the legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic. All sections of the Irish Church will be brought together at the synod. Two Irish Catholic bishops, Paul Dempsey of Achonry and Fintan Gavin of Cork Read more