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Bishop Drennan plays down talk of synod factions Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015
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Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North has acknowledged talk of factions at the synod on the family, but he has a different take on the supposed splits. In a blog post on the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference website, Bishop Drennan said there is a “marked air of openness” at the synod and no topics are Read more

Cardinal Dew to help prepare final synod document Comments 0

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew has been named to a 10-member committee responsible for drafting the final document from the synod on the family. The synod, which runs from October 4-25, has as its theme: “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.” Its final document is expected to Read more

Cathedral Restoration – Diocese calls in expert from USA Comments 0

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
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The Christchurch diocese is calling on international expertise to make sure the restoration of its earthquake damaged cathedral, if possible, is consistent with Catholic traditions. American architect James McCrery arrived from Washington DC this week and saw the cathedral for the first time on Tuesday. In an article in the NationaL Catholic Register McCrery is Read more

On last day in US, Pope criticises narrow, unbalanced faith Comments 0

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
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Preaching before more than one million people in Philadelphia, Pope Francis argued strongly against a narrow approach to faith. At a Mass at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 27, the Pope expanded on readings of the day in which Jesus and Moses chided their followers for narrowness. “To raise doubts about the working of Read more

At Congress, Pope urges US to heal wounded world Comments 0

Friday, September 25th, 2015
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In an historic address to a joint session of the US Congress, Pope Francis challenged US lawmakers and the nation to heal the “open wounds” of the world. The 45-minute address by Pope Francis on September 24 was the first time a Roman Pontiff had addressed this body of US lawmakers. The Pope’s speech featured a Read more

Conservatives concerned by Pope’s Synod appointees Comments 1

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Conservative commentators are expressing concern about the makeup of the additional 45 Synod members personally selected by the Pope. They are suggesting that “conservative” bishops have been excluded while more “progressive” ones have found favour. The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, has been identified by these bloggers as being on the “progressive” side. Two Read more

New Zealand and Pacific well represented at Synod Comments 2

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Four New Zealanders will be attending the Synod on Marriage and the Family. NewstalkZB reports that the church describes the selection of 4 New Zealanders as a significant number for a small country, especially one with a small Catholic population. The Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, and Palmerston North’s Bishop Charles Drennan will be Read more

NZ Bishop advised teaching on Marriage cannot be changed Comments 2

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Bishop Charles Drennan, the New Zealand delegate at the Synod on Families, has been sent a letter from an expert on the Council of Trent expressing the view that the church cannot change its teaching on the dissolubility of marriage. The moral theologian is responding to an argument put forward by Cardinal Walter Kaspar proposing that it is Read more

Syria – Morally indefensible not to help where I can Comments 0

Friday, September 11th, 2015

My role, as a journalist, should be to act as a witness; to report on the situation as a bystander and then leave it as I found it,” says journalist Rachel Smalley. “But an incident in 2013 changed my perspective on the Syrian crisis, and I now find it morally indefensible not to help where Read more

Our churches can host 1200 refugees say Archbishops Comments 0

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Leaders of New Zealand’s Catholic and Anglican churches say their people can look after 1200 refugees on top of the 750 Syrian refugees the Government confirmed it will take over the next two and a half years. On Monday the Minister of Immigration, Michael Woodhouse announced that New Zealand will take 750 Syrian refugees over Read more