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Eucharist being turned into ‘just a commodity’ Comments 0

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

The Catholic Church is selling “the Eucharist” and people short and is making a mistake by turning Mass into a YouTube experience. The comments are from Thomas O’Loughlin, emeritus professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham and Director of Studia Traditionis Theologiae. “There are some things Zoom and YouTube just won’t do because Read more

State-integrated schools give you best bangs for your bucks Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Parents who are saving up to get their child into a private school should be aware that state-integrated schools might give them better bangs for their bucks. This the conclusion policy analyst Joel Hernandez comes to in a report he prepared for The New Zealand Initiative. Many parents want their kids to go to private Read more

Blessing starts $16.5 million Sacred Heart Cathedral project Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew will bless construction workers, and the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in a ceremony at 10 am on Friday to mark the start of the cathedral project restoring and strengthening the Category I historic building. The classical-style cathedral in Hill St, Thorndon – designed by Dunedin Read more

Modern slavery is not something that happens ‘over there’ Comments 0

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Joseph Auga Matamata, 28 July, was sentenced in the Napier High Court to eleven years in jail after being found guilty of ten charges in human trafficking and thirteen charges in dealing in slaves. “Modern slavery is not something that happens ‘over there’ that we don’t have to think about,” Grace Forest, co-founder of Walk Read more

Application made to disinter Bishops buried in Cathedral Comments 0

Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch will be applying to disinter three bishops who are buried in the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Grimes, Bishop Edward Joyce, Bishop John Cunneen, are buried under the floor of a side chapel of the cathedral. Grimes, the first bishop of Christchurch, was the driving force behind the Read more

Wellington cathedral to receive $8.5 million funding Comments 0

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington is to receive $8.5 million in Government funding from the “shovel ready” infrastructure fund. The cathedral in Hill St, Thorndon, has been closed since 2018, and the money will go towards restoring and earthquake strengthening the building. The $8.5 funding will create almost 300 construction jobs. The  Read more

NZ Catholic bishops to look closely at new Vatican abuse guide Comments 0

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will closely review a new Vatican guide on dealing with sexual abuse by priests to see how it matches their existing rules on handling such abuse. Last week, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Vademecum (“Handbook”) a 17-page step-by-step-guide to help bishops and other Church religious administrators Read more

Opposing parties agree survey about religion in schools biased Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020
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A Government-sponsored survey questioning the future of religious instruction in state schools is being dismissed by both religious and secular groups as “biased.” The survey was launched last week by an independent charity, the Religious Diversity Centre (RDC), in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The survey asks whether “religious instruction” in state primary schools Read more

Fiji’s Archbishop offers an apology for abuse Comments 0

Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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The head of the Fiji Catholic Church has made an apology for the behaviour of  Catholic priests, religious and teachers who allegedly abused Fijian children. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong was responding to a news report on TVNZ by pacific correspondent, Barbara Dreaver. For the last year, 1 NEWS has been investigating claims of historic sexual Read more

School sign says To Legalise is to Normalise Comments 0

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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A digital sign displayed on a school board outside St Paul’s College in Ponsonby in Auckland reads: “To legalise is to normalise. Say no.” “Isn’t it illegal for a high school to push political opinions on students?” a Reddit user posted in the forum. According to Education Ministry guidance, boards of trustees as a state Read more