New Zealand

Ribbons tied to Cathedral fence after of Royal Commission hearing Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019
loud fences

Last week ribbons were tied to the fence of the St Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown Auckland by attendees and witnesses from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the care of Faith-based Institutions. Survivors and supporters walked there from the Rydges Hotel, where the Royal Commission was holding the Read more

Reflections on cancer diagnosis: “Michael I thought you were dead” Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019
michael I thought you were dead

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis was the catalyst for a new book of poems from Wellington poet and publisher Michael Fitzsimons, with the title of Michael I thought you were dead. “Michael I thought you were dead is an honest and searching account of what it feels like to confront one’s mortality and find spiritual Read more

Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of NZ Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019
doctrine of discovery

The executive director of the Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has written to Pope Francis, calling for “an accounting of the trauma” the Vatican has caused and a repudiation of the doctrine of discovery. While not addressing the colonisation of Aotearoa specifically, popes have on several occasions repudiated and apologised for the doctrine of discovery going Read more

Bible in schools on the line as High Court hearing confirmed Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The Auckland High Court has confirmed this week that it will hear the case against school-based religious instruction in October next year. The Secular Education Network is appealing to the High Court for a ruling that these classes are discriminatory and contrary to the Bill of Rights Act, and that school time should be reserved Read more

Porn is the biggest addiction society has ever seen Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Auckland intimacy counsellor Angela Rennie has seen first-hand the devastating impact pornography has on relationships and individuals. “I would say it’s the biggest addiction society has seen and no one is really doing anything about it”. “The statistics are eye-opening, people are watching pornography from very young,” she says. Read more

Overwhelming Rejection Of Abortion Bill Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

More than 90% of the submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill have rejected the proposed decriminalisation of abortion. Just under 8% support the Government bill. The in-depth analysis of a random sample of 1,000 submissions by an independent researcher found that 90.6% of submissions were opposed. This means that over 18,000 submissions in total rejected Read more

Abuse and Cover-Up; Gerald Arbuckle’s challenging new book Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The Catholic Church is in its most challenging condition since the Reformation. The claim is made by in Abuse and Cover-Up Refounding the Catholic Church in Trauma, a new book by New Zealand born anthropologist, theologian and international scholar, Fr Gerald Arbuckle SM. Using the psalmist’s image, Arbuckle says the Church was once a “strong Read more

Religious leaders urge MPs to reconsider euthanasia bill Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Religious leaders from a number of New Zealand’s faith traditions have written a joint letter to members of Parliament expressing their grave concerns about passing the End of Life Choice Bill. The bill, due for its third and final reading next Wednesday, 13 November, “gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted Read more

Carmelite sister turned cyber-sleuth attracts world-wide attention Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
stolen statues

American and British publications, including Britain’s Daily Express and New York’s Daily News, have been chasing the story of sister Johanna Penn after the Carmelite sister turned amateur sleuth to recover two stolen statues. A large statue of the Sacred Heart along with a Little Infant of Prague statue, were seen being carried out of Read more

How Royal Commission operates Comments 0

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The outgoing chair of the royal commission investigating abuse in state and faith-based care, Sir Anand Satyanand, says the witnesses appearing over the two weeks of public hearings represent the main issues the royal commission was investigating. “At the end of the two-week period, the public will have a picture of what the Royal Commission Read more