New Zealand

Men who attend religious services weekly do more housework Comments 0

Monday, March 8th, 2021

In a recent study, Bethany Gull and Claudia Geist identify two paths leading to men’s increased housework — one non-religious and egalitarian the other religious and family-centred Their results surprised them, as they had expected conservative religious men to have lower housework participation due to their traditional gender ideologies. Laurie deRose and Anna Barren suggest Read more

Church leaders to give evidence at Royal Commission on Abuse in Care Comments 0

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Representatives of Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian churches and leaders of the Salvation Army will give evidence later this month at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. They will be asked to explain their processes for resolving historic and current abuse claims and to respond to survivors’ evidence. The Inquiry’s second phase, which is Read more

Ladyhawke and Broods singer sing of lesbian love at a Catholic school Comments 0

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Being a lesbian at a Catholic school was a source of fear and shame to Kiwi pop stars Ladyhawke and Broods singer Georgia Nott. Pip Brown (aka Ladyhawke of My Delirium fame) says she felt ‘constant fear’ as a teenager because she was a lesbian at a Catholic school. “Growing up in the Catholic school Read more

Freeze on parent immigration category leaves elderly fearing deportation Comments 0

Monday, March 8th, 2021

A 97-year-old woman is among those who fear they will be deported to countries ravaged by coronavirus. Others are in their 70s and 80s and say they face a life of fear and isolation if they have to return to their homelands. They’re among thousands of people affected by the Government freeze on Immigration New Read more

New Zealand church leader says she will refuse vaccine Comments 0

Monday, March 8th, 2021

New Zealand’s government is considering prioritising south Aucklanders in the coronavirus immunisation rollout as a controversial church leader said she would refuse the vaccine. No new community cases of coronavirus were recorded for the third consecutive day, reaffirming the government’s cautious optimism that its localised seven-day lockdown has been effective in containing the Auckland February Read more

Christians unite against COVID vaccine conspiracy theories Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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The Catholic bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn is urging Catholics in the diocese to cooperate with policies in place and for the community to combat COVID-19. “In particular we recognise the importance during this Alert Level 3 period of not gathering in our churches, staying home unless essential, and not leaving the borders of the Read more

MP’s God more Francis-like than ‘the blokes before him’ Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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Wairarapa MP, Kieran McAnulty, says his distancing from the Catholic Church is due to the marriage equality debates. Born and raised Catholic, McAnulty likes Pope Francis but says his regular relationship with the Church is a little strained. “The marriage equality debates started and I just felt that the Church at the time didn’t reflect Read more

Learning from liturgical disruption – have your say Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Masses cancelled, funerals with just ten people, marriages postponed, sacramental programmes delayed, no shared chalice, and a new way to exchange the sign of peace, touchless ashes on Ash Wednesday, no ashes on Ash Wednesday are a few of the now-familiar marks of what has been termed a Liturgical Disruption. Add to them, the lengths Read more

Refugees bound for Levin travel disrupted Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Refugees bound for Horowhenua are stuck in Ecuador due to a lack of international flights and safe travel routes. The quota programme started again in early February after borders around the world were closed due to Covid-19, and the first group of 35 quota refugees arrived within the week. The 90 refugees bound for Levin Read more

Destiny Church lashes out at critics Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Destiny Church has lashed out at critics after condemnation of Brian and Hannah Tamaki fleeing Auckland hours before lockdown. They have accused the “elitist” media of discrimination and say in this time of crisis the Tamakis must continue their “essential work” which cannot be done from the “comforts of home.” “In difficult times, people need Read more