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Royal Commission chair speaks of push back from churches

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Lawyers for New Zealand Churches and a Catholic bishop acting in a private capacity tried to push back on the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse in care, says the Royal Commission chair. The move infuriated a survivors’ group so much it has pulled out. This is a “final blow” to an Read more

Increased chaplaincy services needed at University

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Delphis Learning

A sharp increase in demand for mental health support has helped spur the University of Otago’s push to improve student support services. Counselling and chaplaincy services, especially for the university’s burgeoning Maori student population are in particular need of extra support. The costs of the additional services will be met from student fees. To achieve Read more

Controversial Catholic order denies any wrongdoing over New Zealand trusts

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Catholic order denies wrongdoing

New Zealand’s only Legionaries of Christ priest, Simon Cleary told CathNews that he is sorry if the media coverage has caused distress in New Zealand. He is very concerned that New Zealand and international reporting around the Pandora Papers has painted a picture that is untrue, and while he is no longer in New Zealand Read more

Cardinal calls on Vatican over bishop’s response to sex complaint

Monday, October 11th, 2021
NZ Catholic

Stuff reports Cardinal John Dew is seeking the Vatican’s permission to investigate the way a Catholic bishop responded to complaints of a sexual nature against former priest Sateki Raass. Dew, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, addressed the letter to the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, which oversees ‘mission territories’, including New Read more

Pandora Papers: New Zealand trusts held $300m for controversial religious order

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
New Zealand Pandora Papers

Trusts registered in New Zealand held nearly $300 million in assets for a Roman Catholic order caught in an international paedophilia scandal, according to leaked records contained in the Pandora Papers. The Mexico based Legionaries of Christ used the trusts in a complex financial arrangement that held assets in four continents, according to an analysis Read more

“Online worship is a loss, not a gain” say researchers

Monday, October 4th, 2021
online worship

A “deep-seated dissatisfaction” with online worship during the Covid-19 pandemic has been identified by new research published this week. In a year-long joint project by the University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University, researchers held focus groups with hundreds of members of the public and clergy about their perceptions of religious life during COVID-19. “Rituals Read more

Māori life expectancy will take a century to catch up with Pākehā

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Māori life expectancy

It will be 100 years before Māori life expectancy catches up with Pākehā, new research has found. The research also discovered the wealthiest 10 percent of New Zealanders can expect to live a decade longer than the poorest 10 percent. Widening social and economic gaps are driving health inequities that successive governments have failed to Read more

Conversion practices cause harm and suffering NZ bishops say

Monday, September 27th, 2021
NZ Catholic

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference says evidence shows that engaging in conversion practices causes people harm and suffering. The bishop’s conference made the comment in a submission to Parliament’s Justice Committee on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. “Any harmful, coercive or abusive practice under any name is abhorrent to the Church and the Read more

NZ Catholic wins multiple awards

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
NZ Catholic

NZ Catholic received three awards at the 2021 Australasian Catholic Press Association awards held earlier this month. The APCA awards are an opportunity for Catholic media to celebrate the outstanding contribution organisations make to the Church in Australia. ACPA President Neil Helmore said, “Catholic media in Australia continues to strive to lift up the Church Read more