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NZ cannot stand aloof from suffering in Middle East – Archbishop Dew Comments 1

Friday, November 21st, 2014

New Zealand cannot stand aloof from involvement in the Middle East when so many people are suffering and dying says Archbishop John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He has written to Prime Minister John Key, offering the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops for the cautious and measured approach to making Read more

Paul Carr RIP liked telling people he was John Paul II’s driver Comments 0

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

A well-known kaumatua, Paul Pōnui Kimiora Carr, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on Thursday 13 November 2014. Paul was a great story teller and had many stories to tell. One was how on one occasion, when he was working as a driver for the government, he was blessed with the honour of Read more

1000s of fertility samples may be destroyed Comments 1

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Eggs, sperm and embryo samples of almost 2000 people are set to be lawfully destroyed as a ten year storage time deadline approaches. In 2004, the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act was passed governing the practice of fertility treatment. In 2010 the legislation was amended allowing the retrospective 10-year storage period for eggs, sperm and Read more

Euthanasia Debate – How free was Brittany Maynard? Comments 0

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre director John Kleinsman wonders how free Brittany Maynard really was. Maynard, a terminally ill  29 year old American ended her life last week home in Oregon, using drugs supplied legally to her under the state’s Death with Dignity Act. She worked as a volunteer advocate for the nation’s leading end-of-life choice organisation, Read more

Muslim women and children abused on the way to school Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Muslim festival 'Eid-ul Fitr'

Muslim leaders have reported a spike in racial abuse aimed mostly at women and children, many walking to and from school. In his address on Wednesday the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, stressed that of those few individuals on a security watch list none are representative of New Zealand’s Muslim community as a Read more

St Mary of the Angels misses out on the millions Comments 0

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

A decision by the Environment Court confirming its ruling against the proposed demolition of the Harcourt’s building in Lambton Quay in Wellington is bad news for St Mary of the Angels Parish. Developer Mark Dunajtschik had offered to donate $5 million towards the restoration of  St Mary of the Angels Church if he got consent Read more

Mother of 2 pays $375 a week for caravan park cabin Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Mother-of-two Mandy pays $375 a week for the one-bedroom caravan park cabin she shares with her two children aged 10 and 12. They moved to Western Park Village in Ranui, west Auckland, at Christmas as a last resort. “I hate it here,” she said. “I want to move out, I want my own place. There’s Read more

Fifty NZ charities make $1 billion total surplus Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Charities cash reszied

Fifty New Zealand charities made a total of NZ$1billion over and above what they spent in the last financial year. A report on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp drew an analogy with the game of Monopoly, and placed some churches in the top “Park Lane” category. These included the Salvation Army with a surplus of $24 million, Read more

Archbishop Dew summarises synod on family Comments 1

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Archbishop John Dew says the discussion at and after the synod on the family is ultimately about people’s lives and it is clear that people are hurting. In a summary statement on the synod, Archbishop Dew said “if the Church is to be a mother that consoles, encourages, reaches out, supports it must listen to what Read more

Francis puts disputed paragraphs into final synod document Comments 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Pope Francis synod session reszied

The final report from the synod on the family has narrowed down aspects of a “welcoming” preliminary report, especially concerning gay people. The preliminary report, issued half way through the synod, asked if the Church community was welcoming to gay people. It noted that gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian Read more