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Choosing to live gratefully Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
thank you

I remember at a very young age the constant urging of my parents to always say “thank you” in response to any kindness or friendly words shared in my direction. For many years, I saw this advice from my parents as simply good manners and what people were supposed to do. In my mid-teen years, Read more

Magnus Murray: The Church response Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
magnus murray

The Church cannot “hide” from the story of Fr Magnus Murray, one of Dunedin’s top Catholics says. But nor can all Catholics be tarnished by the actions of one man, Monsignor John Harrison, (pictured), of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, says. “It actually reflects on the rest of us and everyone gets tarred, and yet Read more

The Enneagram, helping people’s spiritual growth Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018
Life

A Catholic priest who provides spiritual direction and counselling for people from all walks of life uses a unique way of distinguishing personality traits. Father Stephen Truscott SM PhD said the Enneagram is among the field of psychology that talks about personality profiles. In his role as Fullness of Life Counsellor and Spiritual Director, Fr Read more

The popularity of pilgrimage Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018
pilgrimage

The statistics about the number of people walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in 1986 point only to the sparseness of a forgotten trail. A low pilgrim population in the 80s turned an ancient path into more of a medieval legend. Rather than a well-known travel destination, the ancient ‘Way of St James’ was Read more

Humanae Vitae and the Sensus Fidelium Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
humane vitae

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae was publicly released on Monday, July 29, 1968. It reiterated the condemnation of artificial contraception for spouses. Many in the Catholic world had been hoping for a change in the papal teaching based on the newer approaches of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the call to change the Read more

‘Prosperity gospel’ props up policies lacking compassion Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
prosperity gospel

The “prosperity gospel” that U.S. President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal. The philosophy “is used as a theological justification for economic Read more

Church of England plans to test aspiring clergy for skills, aptitude — and narcissism Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018
narcissism

Responding to growing concern about the kinds of priests the Church of England is attracting, Anglican leaders are considering expanding its assessments of clergy candidates to include more rigorous psychological testing. Anxiety about the quality of those who aspire to become clergy is rooted in the series of child sex abuse scandals that have emerged from Anglicanism’s Read more

It’s good for girls to have clergywomen, study shows Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018
role model

Role models matter. Research has consistently shown that positive adult role models can contribute to the health, education, and overall well-being of young people. Albert Bandura has argued that children learn how to “perform” adult roles by observing the behavior of prominent adults in their lives and trying to imitate it. Other research has shown Read more

Using church buildings to address housing crisis Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
housing crisis

Helen McIlvaine gets excited when she sees a church. Driving around her hometown of Alexandria, Va., on a bright and sunny morning last week, McIlvaine slowed the car at white spire after white spire. She turned her head, cocked an eyebrow and scrutinized each red-brick square on its grassy plot. “I sort of go past Read more

Enzo Luciani: from inmate and homeless to cardinal’s aide Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Enzo Luciani

Twice a week a black van full of volunteers leaves the Vatican and goes to one of Rome’s train stations to serve dinner to the poor. Behind the wheel, a cardinal dressed in a simple grey shirt. When the van returns to the Vatican after serving meals to approximately 300 homeless, migrants and others in Read more