Top Story

Abortion after 20 weeks gestation likely to be more frequent Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
abortion law

In a submission to a Select Committee, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie stated proposed changes to abortion legislation would make late-term abortions more accessible and therefore more would occur. “Currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances, danger to the life and health of the mother, or the child,” said McCoskrie “But in this bill Read more

Marist Messenger picks up three awards Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

National Catholic Monthly, The Marist Messenger, received three awards at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association annual awards dinner held in Bathurst last week. Father Kevin Head, editor of the Marist Messenger said he was delighted with the awards. He was particularly pleased that the efforts of his small staff, working with few resources, had Read more

Dutch expert changes his mind about euthanasia Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
BOER

A Dutch euthanasia expert says he’s seen assisted dying in his country go from being seen as a last resort to a “project” to be managed. “I used to be a supporter of [euthanasia] legislation. But now, with twelve years of experience, I take a different view,” says Dr Theo A. Boer. From 2005 to Read more

Science provides evidence for God Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019
humphries

Sir Colin Humphreys suggests that modern science is providing evidence for God. On Wednesday 18 September, he will be presenting a University of Canterbury Connect public lecture to a capacity audience on the subject Science and Religion: are they compatible? Humphries is is a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Read more

Church provides homes for migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has turned housing developer in an effort to provide homes for migrant workers. In exchange, the local community will get voluntary help such as cleaning hospitals. The Saint John XXIII housing project is in the town of Kokopo, capital of East New Britain province. Although Kokopo’s population is Read more

Hawking, Churchill, Queen and now The Two Popes Comments 0

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins take a lighthearted look at papal authority in a “buddy” movie. Critics say their performance is a “masterclass” in acting. The Two Popes is a Netflix movie written by novelist and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Born and raised in New Plymouth, McCarten attended Francis Douglas Memorial College and went on to Read more

Educationalist, mathematician and priest Comments 0

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
o'neill

Father John O’Neill died in Wellington on Wednesday, August 28. He made a significant contribution to education in New Zealand not just in Catholic Schools, but nationally. O’Neill was a teacher at St Patrick’s College in Wellington from 1953 until 1981. In 1960 he took a break from teaching to attend Cambridge University, returning to Read more

Auckland diocese’s JPC ask Ardern to intervene at Ihumātau Comments 0

Monday, August 26th, 2019
ihumātau

The Justice and Peace Commission of Catholic Diocese of Auckland is asking the government to intervene in the Ihumātau land dispute. They have asked the government to purchase the disputed land. Deacon Chris Sullivan, the Ihumātao Response Team leader says the Government needs to take the land back first. “Because it was the Government back in Read more

Why one appeal judge thought Pell should go free Comments 0

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

One of the judges who heard Cardinal George Pell’s appeal says he would have quashed the cardinal’s five convictions for child sex offences. Judge Mark Weinberg says he would have based his decision on a “significant body of cogent evidence” that cast serious doubt on the victim’s accoun­t. In his dissenting ruling, Weinberg says the Read more

Concern expressed over proposed developments in Christchurch Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019
concern

About Sixty people from throughout the diocese of Christchurch met at Sacred Heart Hall Addington on Sunday 11 August, to discuss their hopes for the future of the diocese. They were responding to two announcements made recently by the bishop Christchurch Paul Martin. On 9 June he announced a proposal to close 13 churches in the diocese Read more