New Zealand

Euthanasia Bill clearly intends to go beyond terminal illness Comments 0

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“What is clear is that this Bill intends to go beyond terminal illness; what is unclear is exactly what conditions are in or out,” says the Disability Rights Commissioner. “It is readily apparent that the scope is unclear and misunderstood,” said Paula Tesoriero. Paula Tesoriero published a scathing assessment of David Seymour’s End of Life Read more

A lot of New Zealanders think Christians should act more and talk less Comments 0

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Non-Christian New Zealanders feel that Christians could better represent Jesus by letting their actions speak louder than their words, and by living out the values that Jesus represents. This is just one of the many findings contained in the Faith and Belief in New Zealand report released last month. The 67-page report contains a massive Read more

Asia Pacific

Samoan Church paying $1.7 million a year interest on loan Comments 0

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The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) is making an annual payment of $1.7 million to the Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF) on a $15.11 million loan. The loan from the was taken out to assist with the building of their $17.39 million Jubilee Church and for and other developments. The Church’s Komiti o Feau Eseese Read more

Fiji’s Synod Year launched in Suva Comments 0

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In Fiji, people gathered at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva on Sunday to attend a Eucharistic Celebration to mark the launch of the Archdiocese’s Synod Year. The last synod took place 27 years ago. The theme of this year’s syn­od year is Connecting in Jesus. A pamphlet given out at the ANZ Stadium said: Read more

Opinion

Faith in the glitter of the Royal Wedding Comments 0

Negative reaction to John Murphy’s confession of having watched the Royal Wedding was interesting! I too, watched, without the slightest twinge of an uneasy conscience, one of the most fascinating television presentations that I have ever watched. I sent texts Read more

Best Vatican document on Economics for some time Comments 0

Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones

Wednesday, the Vatican issued a letter, Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones on economic and financial matters. Quite unlike many recent communications on those issues, it was elegantly written – almost a joy to read. It is a serious and constructive contribution to Read more

Abortion is both a health and a justice issue Bishops say Comments 0

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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference  (NZCBC) and its centre of bioethics, The Nathaniel Centre say that abortion is both a health and a justice issue and it should continue to be treated by the law as such. Their concern is that that making abortion purely a health issue would limit or remove the rights of the unborn Read more

  • Features

  • The failings of the Chilean Church

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    The Chilean bishops announced their collective resignation last Friday following a series of sex abuse cases that have shaken the church. But far from ending the crisis, the decision heralds the beginning of a long rebuilding process in which Pope Francis will have a free hand to choose their successors. After their week in Rome, Read more

  • Closing parishes – there’s a better way to do it

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    Like many Catholics across the Northeast and Midwest, parishioners in Pittsburgh are adjusting to a difficult new reality. On April 28 Bishop David A. Zubik announced plans to reduce the diocese’s 188 parishes to 57 by 2023. The parish closings follow years of falling Mass attendance—the diocese reports it is down by more than 40 Read more

  • World

  • Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide found guilty Comments 0

    Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has been found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse. He is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged and convicted of this offence. The 67-year old faces a possible two-year prison sentence. Wilson will be sentenced next week. He has announced he will stand down from Read more

  • Twenty priests died in plane crash Comments 0

    Twenty priests were among the 113 people killed when a plane crashed outside Havana last Friday. The evangelical pastors were all from the Nazarene Church in the eastern region of Cuba, Maite Quesada. They had been at a meeting in Havana and were returning to the province of Holguin when the crash occurred. According to Read more

  • Over 3.5 million Argentinians protest abortion bill Comments 0

    Over 3.5 million Argentinians have joined forces in 117 cities to protest against a bill to liberalise the country’s abortion laws. The motto of the rally was “Protect them both,” meaning the mother and the unborn child. Catholics – as well as Evangelicals, atheists and others marched together to make their views known. Most of Read more

  • Profits are down, ethics are up for Vatican bank Comments 0

    Profits are down for the Vatican bank. The Institute for Religious Works (commonly known as the Vatican bank) issued its annual report on Tuesday. The report says the bank earned 31.9 million euros in profits last year. This is about 7 million euros down from its 36 million euro-profit in 2016. The profits are returned Read more

  • Cardinal Walter Brandmüller: insisting on women priests is heretical Comments 0

    Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says people who insist on ordaining female priests “fulfil the elements of heresy.” He says they will be excommunicated from the church. Brandmüller is one of the four “dubia” cardinals who has repeatedly asked Pope Francis to provide doctrinal clarity about some elements of Amoris Laetitia. He was responding to comments by Read more