Analysis and Comment

Domestic NZ COVID passport is discriminatory, promotes inequality and coercion

Monday, September 20th, 2021
covid passport

With COVID-19 causing extraordinarily intrusive and expensive lockdowns, vaccine or Covid passports or certificates are increasingly seen as key to getting out of them. Decision-makers and gatekeepers – from border guards to maître d’s – will have a means of knowing who can safely engage with others. To that end, the New Zealand government aims Read more

Epidemiologists and unexpected lessons

Monday, September 20th, 2021

A striking feature of Australia’s path through the Coronavirus has been the coming out of epidemiologists and social biologists. From being little known members of small institutes they became rock stars, invited to press conferences, deferred to by politicians, selectively chosen for comment by the media, but also resented by representatives of big business and Read more

‘Imagine’ at 50: Why John Lennon’s ode to humanism still resonates

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Fifty years ago, John Lennon released one of the most beautiful, inspirational and catchy pop anthems of the 20th century: “Imagine.” Gentle and yet increasingly stirring as the song progresses, “Imagine” is unabashedly utopian and deeply moral, calling on people to live, as one humanity, in peace. It is also purposely and powerfully irreligious. From Read more

Seven reasons to be optimistic about the world’s oceans

Monday, September 20th, 2021
world's oceans

Yes, we’ve got an ocean of bad news. Climate change is warming and acidifying seawater, stressing or destroying coral reefs. Marine species ranging from whales to algae are endangered; overfishing is crushing many subsistence fisheries. Coastal ecosystems have been wiped out on a grand scale; key ocean currents may be faltering; mining firms are preparing Read more

Liberal-Conservatives and Social Democrats: The future of Māori

Monday, September 20th, 2021
The future of Māori

Michael Cullen set out his political philosophy in his autobiography. So has Chris Finlayson. His is having a significant impact on Māori development. Chris Finlayson was Minister for Treaty Negotiations (and Attorney General) between 2008 and 2017. (Alas, he was Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage for only six of those years.) His record is Read more

Mission, Ministries and co-responsibility

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The front line of the Church’s work is the Christian people whose lives are leaven in the dough of all the ordinary circumstances of ordinary life. The purpose of ministries within the Church is to provide nurture and formation for that mission.  It is the mission that matters. Part I – Ministries For some years Read more

Catholic women push for female deacons

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Casey Stanton wanted to offer encouragement, love and healing to the inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, where she served as a chaplain intern a few years ago. But as a Catholic woman she could not represent her church there in any official capacity. The state of North Carolina requires chaplains in Read more

Giving or Sharing? How we think about the Eucharist

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Tom O'Loughlin

In everyday life, our experience tells us – unconsciously – when it is appropriate to use the verb ‘to give’ and when it is appropriate to use ‘to share.’ So we might ask someone to ‘please give me that book lying there’ or ‘I gave him the money’ or ‘she should give that form to Read more

Our duty to challenge Catholic politicians who support abortion rights

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
abortion rights

Prominent politicians lost no time in reacting hyperbolically to the Supreme Court’s decision refusing to enjoin Texas’s new law banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. President Biden announced a “whole-of-government effort” to find ways to overcome the Texas measure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced the Supreme Court’s refusal as a “cowardly, Read more

Life inside Jet Park with six kids and the Delta variant

Monday, September 13th, 2021
Jet Park

As news spread that a person with Covid-19 had attended his church, John, who does not wish to use his real name, made sure he got tested as soon as possible. He had been at the Assembly of God Church of Samoa on August 15, for an all-day event involving the church’s 27 congregations from Read more