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Muller will not impose faith-based values on others – some doubt it Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Todd Muller the new leader of the National Party says while he identifies himself as Catholic, his religious beliefs do not inform his politics on issues such as euthanasia, abortion and the LGBT+ community. That has not satisfied the kind of people who go on twitter says Ryan Bridge in an opinion piece on Newshub. Read more

If there are weaknesses tell us what they are say religious leaders Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Two of New Zealand’s religious leaders agree that the progress made in getting on to of SARS-CoV-2 should not be put at risk. But they are asking the government to just let them know about any perceived weaknesses in the practice of religion so that they can fix them. The president of the New Zealand Read more

Bloomfield won’t budge – but why? Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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In his Monday press conference, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, addressed the concern that has been expressed over the weekend by church leaders and others about church gatherings still being capped at a maximum of 10 people. Bloomfield defended limits on the size of faith-based gatherings. Allowing churches to have larger gatherings was Read more

Gathered in His name… but no more than ten at a time Comments 0

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

If you have a dozen apostles you have some difficult decisions to make, says Toby Manhire in his blog in The Spinoff. He was referring to the fact that under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 Alert Level 2 the number of people attending a religious gathering is capped at 10. Many religious leaders are disappointed Read more

COVID-19 Alert Level Two discriminates against churches Comments 0

Monday, May 11th, 2020
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A Wellington parish priest is calling into question the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to limit the number of people in churches to ten people. “It is strange that bars and restaurants can open but churches are limited to just ten people”, said Fr Pete Roe the Parish Administrator of St Francis of Assisi parish Read more

Bishops ask parish priests to consult as they prepare for Alert Level Two Comments 0

Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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The New Zeland Catholic Bishops have suggested that parish priests consult with each other and with their parish councils about how they can provide the sacraments and pastoral care when COVID-19 Alert Level Two is announced. The bishops believe that each parish will need its own approach to ensure continued the safety of both the Read more

New CEO for Catholic Education Office Comments 0

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Dr Kevin Shore has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the NZ Catholic Education Office. (NZCEO) Shore will be Chief Executive of both NZCEO and the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS). APIS serves a network of 70 non-Catholic “special character”, faith-based schools – private schools that have been integrated into the state Read more

Delargey Awards recognise five outstanding Catholics for youth work Comments 0

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
delargey awards

Five people nominated for their outstanding work in Catholic Youth Ministry are winners in the 2020 Delargey Awards The Delargey Awards are named in honour of Cardinal Reginald Delargey (1914-79) who was noted for his work for young Catholics. They are presented by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference every two years to recognise outstanding Read more

Uber Eats may be the solution – for some Comments 0

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern encouraged people to use restaurants that did their own food deliveries instead of using Uber Eats. Uber Eats continues to charge high commission rates. When the country moves to Alert Level 3 the problem for some may well be to decide how their restaurant meals will be delivered. But Read more

A kerbside funeral rite for a grieving family Comments 0

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Father Maurice Carmody met the funeral directors — at the required social distance – by the roadside outside his home, which is close to the parish church, to conduct a simple funeral rite. Standing near the open rear door of the hearse, he said the prayers of final commendation while the family watched and prayed Read more