Analysis and Comment

Who goes first? The ethics of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
covid vaccine

We are in the midst of a global health crisis that already has inflicted a significant humanitarian and economic toll on the United States. For now, we must try to contain the spread of Covid-19 through physical distancing and face-covering. But we will reach another turning point when a vaccine to prevent the disease has Read more

The science on transgender sport Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
transgender sport

The man who helped write guidelines on transgender players in women’s rugby says he hates that his work has created a platform for people to attack transgender people as cheats. “That’s not the case,” says sports scientist Ross Tucker. “I wish that society would be accepting.” The report was leaked a couple of weeks ago Read more

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
silencing nuns

An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the former Read more

Arms trade is killing thousands of women and children Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
arms trade

The drums of war are beating ever louder as arms traders supply weapons for war in the Middle East while the superpowers line up in confrontational posturing in a show of might and military power. “Might is right” is the thinking behind the three biggest military powers vying for prestige and power in the world. Read more

New lectionary translations: what is the problem? Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
ministry

On 24 July the Scottish Episcopal Conference announced that after careful study it had, like so many other Anglophone episcopal conferences, opted for the English Standard Version-Catholic Edition (ESV-CE) for its publication of a new lectionary. The bishops noted that they had carefully considered the matter, noted the learned opinion supporting their decision, and then Read more

Myanmar cardinal decries lethal virus of hunger Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
hunger

While religious leaders play a vital part in conveying messages of peace, solidarity and harmony, a prominent Catholic leader in Myanmar has used that important role to decry the hunger and food crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who advocates for peace, minority rights and economic justice, has Read more

75 years of nuclear weapons madness Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
nuclear

Wars have always caused needless suffering, destruction and death. But 75 years ago, the hell of war reached a new all-time immoral low when on August 6, 1945 a United States Boeing B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima instantly killing over 70,000 – mostly civilian – children, women and Read more

Judy Bailey on euthanasia Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Euthanasia

I’ve had too many close encounters with death and dying lately. I guess it comes with the territory as you hit the slide side of 60. Too many funerals. There have been the inevitable losses of parents, something for which, despite the inevitability, you’re never quite prepared. And the sudden passing of those mates you Read more

What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working? Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
fertility

What is the power of prayer, religion or faith when it comes to infertility? In a study of some 200 women undergoing embryo transfers, the half that had people praying for them had much higher pregnancy rates than those that didn’t. Of course, that could be correlative: People who belong to prayer groups might have Read more

Assisted dying does not pass kindness test Comments 0

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Sinéad Donnelly

In recent weeks there have been unsubstantiated claims in New Zealand media by pro-euthanasia, retired doctors or ‘veteran medical specialists’ around the End of Life Choice Act, which will be voted on during the upcoming referendum. As specialist doctors trained in palliative medicine and currently practising in New Zealand, we’re extremely concerned at their argument Read more