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Church reluctant to condemn ‘gay conversion therapy’ Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Condemning ‘gay conversion therapy’ is not something the Catholic Church in the UK is about to do. It has been challenged to condemn the therapy since the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that her Government was banning the practice. Read more

Saying ‘I do’ with a ‘noodle of love’: Pastafarians tie the knot in Wellington Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A gay toy sheep wearing a colander was perched on the celebrant’s head, and the guests were dressed as pirates. When Pastafarians marry as they did at Worser Bay in Wellington on Sunday – sealing the deal with the “noodle of love” – things are a little different. Continue reading

Consecrated Virgins shocked: Vatican rules suggest they needn’t be virgins. Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new Vatican rules. These rules appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. Section 88 states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance Read more

MPs weigh in on New Zealand abortion laws Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey supports a review of New Zealand’s abortion laws while National MP Todd McClay said he would seek views from the Rotorua electorate before casting his vote. Continue reading.

Relax ban on contraception UK cabinet minister tells Vatican Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The Church’s ban on contraception should be relaxed, UK cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt says. Mordaunt, who is the International Development secretary, made her views known in a meeting with senior aides to Pope Francis last week. Young girls should have access to contraception, she told the aides. Read more

Malaysia gets Catholic as top judge Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Richard Malanjum, a Catholic, has become Muslim-majority Malaysia’s chief justice, the nation’s highest judicial position. Continue reading

Vatican drops criminal charges against former auditor general Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Criminal charges against former Vatican Auditor General Libero Milone have been dropped. The Vatican has told him he won’t be “subject to any criminal proceedings or convictions,”. Milone says he was the victim of falsified evidence because he was investigating financial misconduct in the Vatican hierarchy. Read more

Custodial parents fare worse after breakups Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The parent who takes primary responsibility for the children after a breakup should get a better deal under property relationship laws, the Children’s Commissioner says. Commissioner Andrew Becroft said the Property Relationships Act has failed to put the interests of children first. Read more

British doctor sacked because he says gender’s determined at birth Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A British doctor lost his National Health Service job because he refused to renounce his belief that gender is determined at birth. When his instructor said reports must only refer to the patient – or “client” – by the sex that person identified themselves as, the doctor says a discussion took place among the medics Read more

Secondhand clothes raising money for India Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Ten years ago Kāpiti women Kate Douglas and Natalie Griffen spent three weeks helping in the slums of India and, on their return to New Zealand, kept on helping. The Waikanae women started Sari Saturday, an annual secondhand clothing sale that has raised about $40,000 over the last decade. Read more