New Zealand

Ribbons tied to Cathedral fence after of Royal Commission hearing Comments 0

loud fences

Last week ribbons were tied to the fence of the St Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown Auckland by attendees and witnesses from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the care of Faith-based Institutions. Survivors and supporters walked there from the Rydges Hotel, where the Royal Commission was holding the Read more

Reflections on cancer diagnosis: “Michael I thought you were dead” Comments 0

michael I thought you were dead

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis was the catalyst for a new book of poems from Wellington poet and publisher Michael Fitzsimons, with the title of Michael I thought you were dead. “Michael I thought you were dead is an honest and searching account of what it feels like to confront one’s mortality and find spiritual Read more

Analysis and Comment

Common-good serves people not the market Comments 0

Citing encyclicals from the church’s canon of social teachings for authority, Republican Senator, Marco Rubio last week outlined a political economy that he called “common-good capitalism.” Rubio argued from a basis in Catholic social teaching that businesses should be obliged “to act in the best interests of the workers and the country that made their Read more

Has denying Communion lost its political luster? Comments 0

When Catholic bishops threatened to deny Communion to then-presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 over his abortion stance, the ensuing media frenzy was described as “haunting” the Democrat’s campaign for months. But this year, when Vice President Joe Biden was denied Communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina for roughly the same reasons, coverage Read more

How gratitude can affect your physical and psychological well-being Comments 0

Saying thank-you and showing your appreciation does more good than you may think. This benefit accrues both to the giver and recipient. Indeed, these types of expressions and acts are powerful forms of gratitude. Yet, while it may seem normal to be verbally appreciative at certain times and with specific people, there’s much more that Read more

My Catholic identity has been challenged and enriched by social justice Comments 0

Social Justice

I’m often weary these days. These are dark, painful times for our church and country. The White House is occupied by a president who demeans people with rhetoric and hurts those on the peripheries with cruel policies. A former cardinal of Washington, D.C., has been defrocked for sexual abuse. As a Catholic writer and commentator Read more

Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of NZ Comments 0

doctrine of discovery

The executive director of the Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has written to Pope Francis, calling for “an accounting of the trauma” the Vatican has caused and a repudiation of the doctrine of discovery. While not addressing the colonisation of Aotearoa specifically, popes have on several occasions repudiated and apologised for the doctrine of discovery going Read more

  • Oddly

    • ‘Bone church’ forces us to stare mortality in the face

      The crypt chapel in the Church of Holy Mary of the Conception in Rome is composed completely of human bones, hanging lanterns and all. While the chapel is some “weird Catholic stuff,” to say the least, it does present a pressing and unavoidable lesson: that our lives are short and that we are all going Read more
  • World

  • Catholic organisations condemn Trump’s Paris agreement withdrawal Comments 0

    Trump Paris Agreement

    Catholic organisations in the United States are condemning the Trump administration as it begins to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Citing economic downsides to the plan, on June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump said he would pull out of the deal at the earliest possible date. It makes the US Read more

  • Build bridges of hope, show empathy in dialogue urges Pope Comments 0

    bridges of hope

    The example of St Paul and his mission to Greece is a reminder to Christians to approach those of other cultures as people who know the love of God not as non-believers worthy of hostility and contempt. He is encouraging Christians to create bridges of hope rather than hostility. The comments were made by Pope Read more

  • More doubt emerges about Pell’s abuse Comments 0

    Two former employees of the Melbourne Cathedral school have come forward expressing doubts about events that landed Cardinal George Pell in prison. In 1996, Lil Sinozic and Jean Corish were on duty at the Cathedral nearly every Sunday morning. “I just know for a fact that what they’re describing could not have happened, given the Read more

  • French bishops happy with new Mass translation Comments 0

    new translation

    The French Bishop’s Conference is pleased to have finally received approval for its new Mass translation. President of France’s Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and Sacramental Pastoral Care, Bishop Buy de Kerimel told La Croix that it changes very little for the people. Kerimel said the changes were more significant for the priests. Acknowledging that liturgy Read more

  • Humble service speaks louder than words Comments 0

    humbe service

    “Holiness transcends denominational boundaries”, said Pope Francis while meeting a delegation of the Salvation Army. The pope was quoting a comment made by former Salvationist leader General Andre Cox during a 2014 papal audience. During the audience, Francis also recalled the first lesson he ever received in ecumenism. He was four years old and met Read more