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Man tipped to be USA’s next ambassador has colourful past Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

In theory New Zealand could say no to the appointment of Former US senator Scott Brown. He is being considered for nomination as President Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand. Among is other accomplishments Brown won Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” competition in 1982. He has also featured in a naked centrefold in the same magazine. Read more

Abortion Law Reform Society poll on legalising abortion Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRANZ) is continuing its campaign to have abortion made legal in New Zealand. ALRANZ has published the results of a poll it has commissioned. They shows Green party voters were most supportive of the legalising abortion, followed by Labour voters then National voters and least supportive were NZ First voters. Read more

Filipinos changing face of the Catholic Church in the South Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Father Christopher O’Neill says he can foresee his church in Invercargill becoming a predominantly Asian congregation in future decades “if things carry on the way they are at the moment”. He estimates that up to 30 per cent of his regular congregation are from the Filipino community. With the launch of the Southland Regional Development Read more

Church leaders oppose deportation of of Indian students Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

The leaders of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist churches, have issued a statement expressing support a group of students threatened with deportation. The students who come from India arrived on fraudulent visas. “Having looked at their situation it seems to us that these students have been duped by unscrupulous immigration agents in India,” Anglican Read more

Mass translation rules to be reviewed but expectations of change modest Comments 1

Friday, February 10th, 2017

There are reports that Pope Francis has set up a commission to review of Liturgiam Authenticam. This decree provided the principles that guided the recent translations of liturgical texts. The report in America Magazine states the commission will also examine what level of decentralisation is desirable in the church on matters such as this. But Read more

An unwanted rigidity has been introduced into some seminaries Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A rigidity has been re- established in some seminaries which is “not related to situational discernment” according to Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. He made the comment in an interview in L’Osservatore Romano about a new version of the Vatican’s document on priestly formation, “The Gift of Priestly Vocation / Read more

Cardinal Dew Challenges MPs on Euthanasia Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cardinal Dew spoke on behalf of the bishops of New Zealand to the written Submission to the Health Select Committee on their End of Life investigation at Parliament on Wednesday. “Catholic teaching regarding the end of life is well known, however we would like to share with you our extensive and long experience of our Read more

Suzanne Aubert declared Venerable Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Suzanne Aubert

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. The announcement has just been made from Rome by Pope Francis. Being declared ‘venerable’ is a major step towards sainthood in the Catholic Church, says Dr Maurice Carmody, the promoter Read more

Pope Francis avoids doctrinal nitty-gritty but goes straight to the people Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro says the Pope’s refusal to directly answer the questions put to him by four cardinals is emblematic of how Francis effects change in the Catholic Church: he doesn’t deal in the doctrinal nitty-gritty but goes straight to the people — via his priests — regardless of the rules. In an op-ed Read more

Bishop accuses four cardinals of heresy and scandal Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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Disagreement is emerging about an open letter four cardinals wrote asking for clarification from the Pope on his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia Bishop Fragkiskos Papamanolis, the president of the Greek bishops’ conference has written an open letter accusing them of heresy and scandal. In the letter Papamanolis says: “If you are “deeply concerned for the Read more