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Synod cannot ignore difficult questions

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Synod cannot ignore difficult questions

The cardinal tasked by Pope Francis with overseeing the Church’s global synod says he is not worried about the German reform process stressing that the synod cannot ignore difficult questions. Cardinal Mario Grech said that the criticisms of Germany are part and parcel of what it means to be a synodal Church which offers a Read more

Gielen to continue consolidating Christchurch city parishes

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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The new Christchurch Catholic bishop, Michael Gielen, is quick to praise the work done by the previous Christchurch bishop and apostolic administrator, Paul Martin. Gielen says he is looking forward to continuing Martin’s work to consolidate the city’s parishes. “The work he has done in paving the way for the consolidation and strengthening of our Read more

Mayor says new St Vincent de Paul Centre “so needed”

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
St Vincent de Paul Centre

A new St Vincent de Paul Centre opened in Levin on Sunday 15 May and immediately received civic approval. Speaking at the opening Levin, Mayor Mr Bernie Wanden, (pictured) described the Centre as “a wonderful venture for our community.” Wanden observed that Levin probably has the lowest rating for household income in New Zealand. He Read more

LGBTQ+ and ideological agenda

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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There are men and women whose attraction is to the same sex, who just get on with their lives, often with the support of others of the same disposition, and in many cases living chastely. This essay is not about them. Rather, it is about those who have an ideological agenda. Yet, in either case, Read more

Social science research can replace no-longer-effective answers to no-longer existing problems

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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The Gospels contain quotes attributed to Jesus that do not always agree with each other. Sometimes the differences are insignificant, a matter of wording. In other cases, the versions radically differ from one another. In yet other cases, the evidence is strong that a saying is not what scholars call ipsissima verba, the very words Read more

Anglicans and Presbyterians ‘valued traveling companions’

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Members of the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches are among the Catholic Church’s “valued traveling companions”, says Pope Francis. Speaking to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission (ARCIC) last Friday, Francis said he hoped that Anglicans would contribute to the two-year initiative leading to the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023. “For this common journey Read more

Parents and church clash over school values

Monday, May 16th, 2022
Parents and church clash

Under rules recently set by the Sydney Anglican diocese, the next principal of Australia’s oldest private girls’ school can accept the job only if they agree that marriage is just between a man and a woman. St Catherine’s is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where more than 80 per cent of residents supported same-sex marriage in Read more

Champion of independent journalism censoring Pro Life views

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Pro-life group Right to Life claims its submissions to the champion of independent journalism, Scoop Media, are being muzzled. Visiting Right to Life’s media release page on Scoop reveals the independent journalism champion has published just one media release in 2021 and 2022. Right to Life estimates in this year alone they have sent Scoop Read more

Clericalised laity

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Clericalised laity

The denunciation of clericalism can no longer wait. And led by Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is reacting strongly. There are two faces of clericalism. One is the authoritarian priest who decides and does everything on his own. The other is the clericalised laity. These two major errors prevent the laity from developing the charisms Read more

Catholic Church ‘judgemental and condemning’

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Many laity have expressed the view that the Catholic Church appears to be ‘judgemental and condemning’. They also conveyed a strong sense that the Church must be ‘there for all.’ The feedback has come from a synthesis of reports from the dioceses of England and Wales in a “listening” process that is part of the Read more