New Zealand

Abuse advocate commends priest’s prompt guilty plea Comments 1

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A Blenheim priest who has admitted an indecent assault has surprised the head of a sexual-abuse charity. In Blenheim, New Zealand, last Tuesday, Father Aidan Kay pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault on a male over 16. “It is very unusual, especially from a priest. I was very surprised,”  says  Male Survivors of Read more

Bishop Peter Cullinane speaks at interfaith gathering Comments 0

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Bishop Peter Cullinane was one of a number of speakers at a recent multifaith event in Palmerston North. Prisms of Light – An Interfaith Conversation on how Compassion Transforms our Communities, explored how compassion is a central theme in the the living out of many world faith traditions. Other speakers were: Helen Chong spoke on roots of compassion Read more

Pacific

Church will not change teaching on contraception says priest Comments 0

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Nothing will ever change the Catholic Church’s stand on contraceptives, says Suva, Fiji, vicar-general Father Sulio Turagakacivi. Responding to concerns by the Catholic Women’s League members regarding the church’s stand on contraception and the expensive exercise of raising children in a money-driven society in this era, Fr Turagakacivi said no laws or ideology would change Read more

Methodist Church makes land available for farmers Comments 0

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The Methodist Church in Fiji has started leasing out agricultural land close to Navuso where the church had more than 300 acres of land. The Methodist Church is the second biggest land owner in Fiji. “We want people to utilise the land and make a living for themselves, especially farmers,”  says the Church’s newly-elected president Read more

Opinion

God and science — the elephant in the laboratory Comments 0

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Some say they were pursued by the Hound of Heaven, a Grace that would not take leave, not in the “nights”or “down the days,” the “arches of the years” or the “labyrinthine ways.” That poetry never much resonated with me. The first time I Read more

Pope Francis cannot be the Saviour of the Church Comments 0

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Within the last year, the Catholic Church has garnered a bounty of something it hasn’t seen in decades: positive attention. The man responsible for the change in the Church’s public reputation is Pope Francis, a candid Jesuit who seems a Read more

Families questionnaire reveals sense of exclusion and hurt Comments 0

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A strong sense of exclusion and hurt is felt by many people who are living in situations not in accord with Church teaching in areas such as divorce and re-marriage, cohabitation, contraception and same sex unions. This information is contained in a Pastoral Letter from the  New Zealand Catholic Bishops summarising the main themes that Read more

  • Features

  • Tolerance — a moral virtue

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    We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Tolerance is a moral virtue best placed within the moral domain – but unfortunately it is often confounded with prejudice. Much of the psychological research about tolerance generally and about the development of children’s understanding of tolerance of others who are different from them has been examined Read more

  • Ian Paisley

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    Ian Paisley was probably the most fiery, uncompromising and bellicose Ulster politician throughout the Troubles. But late in life, one of the most turbulent figures in Northern Ireland politics throughout the 20th century underwent a transformation. The man who constantly declared “No surrender” to Republican views, suddenly agreed to share power in a Northern Ireland Read more

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