Analysis and Comment

The significance of school belonging in protecting mental health

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
mental health

In addressing the critical concern of mental health in adolescents, the role of school belonging has emerged as a focal point of contemporary research. Despite the increasing recognition of its importance, a comprehensive understanding of how school belonging impacts long-term mental wellbeing has remained elusive. New adolescent mental health study Our new study investigating school Read more

Grammar v Kings is the wrong debate

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Trying to choose a high school in Auckland for your kids? Last month the Herald asked: should you buy a house in the Grammar zone or live somewhere else and send your kids to private schools? That story was mostly a comparison of private school fees and property prices. But in my view “Grammar or Read more

Vatican condemnation of “gender theory” a moment of whiplash for LGBTQ Catholics

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
LGBTQ Catholics

For over a decade, LGBTQ Catholics have grappled with the pope’s views on LGBTQ Catholics. The have grappled with what it means to balance  having a pope who literally and figuratively embraces their community while approving documents that seem to call their very dignity into question. That reality is playing out again today, with the Read more

Mark Wahlberg on why, as a Hollywood A-lister, he won’t deny his faith

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Mark Wahlberg

Hollywood isn’t a place where people typically talk about their faith. In a world run by free-thinking creatives and people with secular, progressive values, those who hew to more traditional, conservative Christian beliefs tend to be less visible. But Mark Wahlberg has no problem being vocal about his Catholic faith, which must be refreshing to Read more

Toxic mix of clericalism and sex abuse is not unique to Catholicism

Monday, April 8th, 2024

In 2010, a sizable number of abuse cases in the Catholic Church in Germany became known for the first time. Since then, the Church has been striving to process these cases. At their plenary assembly on September 25, 2018, the German Catholic bishops published a study documenting cases of abuse between 1946 and 2014. At Read more

Full text of Pope Francis’ urbi et orbi blessing for Easter 2024

Monday, April 8th, 2024
Pope Francis

On the morning of Easter Sunday 2024, Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Square before delivering his urbi et orbi message and blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of an estimated 60,000 people. “Urbi et orbi” means “To the city [of Rome] and to the world.” I Read more

A Catholic springtime in France

Monday, April 8th, 2024

What is a Catholic, from a contemporary perspective? The stereotype is that he or she is a sort of reactionary simpleton, a bit mean, a bit senile, obsessing over abstruse texts, preferring Mass to sleeping in on Sundays, and insisting on obeying an antiquated sect whose main activity is covering up sexual abuse. This pious Read more

Streaming the Eucharist should be banned

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Streaming the Eucharist online for the world to watch or broadcasting it on television is an abomination, akin to showing video of people eating a meal to starving people. A video experience of the Eucharist might have value if it makes people hunger for the real thing, but as an alternative for showing up to Read more

Reflecting on the Cross

Monday, March 25th, 2024

In Judaism, the great celebration of the year is the historical coming out of Egypt. Jewish friends describe this as a parable. Egypt represents imprisonment in something that is unhealthy, something that restricts the freedom of God’s people. God leads his people out of Egypt. At first the enemy will pursue people. This is represented Read more

Can you be a feminist and a Catholic? A theologian argues it’s harder than ever.

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Women are leaving the Catholic Church at an alarming rate, many citing “irreconcilable differences.” In a world waking up to the reality of sexism and sex abuse at every level of seemingly every institution, the church’s slowness to adapt and engage with feminist demands has weakened its hold, with some women leaving the faith altogether. Read more