Analysis and Comment

Honest evangelisation needs honest journalism

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
honest journalism

Nearly two decades ago, I was asked to become the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan. My first reaction was gut-hurting laughter. When I caught my breath, I said to the priest who had been sent to present the proposal, “Look at my face!” It was, indeed, unprecedented Read more

We need a new Church museum

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Pope Francis has warned on many occasions over the past seven years of the danger of the Church being like a museum, full of lovely stuff that’s without any real currency. He phrases it in various ways, but the message is the same. “Keep us from becoming a ‘museum Church,’ beautiful but mute, with much Read more

The tenacity of hope

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
hope

Recently some readers of my blog “Another Voice” told me they fear I am becoming “negatively critical and pessimistic”. Their remarks surprised me. I am critical but I think it is healthy and responsible to be constructively critical. Being critical, however, is not the same thing as being negative. And I am really not pessimistic. Read more

What’s up with Labour and National’s ‘slum enabling act’?

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
slum enabling act

How excited they were when it was announced. On October 19, Housing Minister Megan Woods and National leader Judith Collins jointly declared their support for the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. This bill, they said, would allow “at least 48,200 and as many as 105,500 new homes” to be built Read more

Children disengaged from church during lockdowns

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

An international study of the effect of the pandemic on the faith of young people and families has found widespread disengagement and disconnection, and that many failed to return to church after lockdowns eased. The study, based on research carried out in the UK, United States, Brazil, and Canada in June, suggests that children felt Read more

Starbucks just threw out a strategy it spend 40 years perfecting and it’s totally brilliant

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
Starbucks

For 40 years, Starbucks has built a business on the premise that it could be the “third place” for its customers. While Starbucks didn’t invent the concept, Howard Shultz, the former CEO, was heavily influenced by the idea and set out to create an experience for customers that was about more than just a cup Read more

The problem with transubstantiation

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
transubstantiation

“Only one-third of American Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ,” the US-based Pew Research Center noted last August. “You see, even Catholics agree with us!” said the Protestants in a sigh of relief. But conservative Catholics were greatly alarmed. “Sixty-nine per cent of Americans who consider themselves Catholics do Read more

De-baptism is gaining popularity in Italy

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
De-baptism

Like most of his fellow Italians, Mattia Nanetti, 25, from the northern city of Bologna, grew up with the teachings and sacraments of the Catholic Church in parochial school. Even his scouting group was Catholic. But in September 2019 he decided the time had come to leave the church behind. He filled out a form Read more

Church as field hospital or battlefield

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Throughout history, there have been Church debates — either locally or with the powers at the Vatican — that have had far-reaching and long-term consequences on the lived and intellectual history of Catholicism. One of them, for instance, was the “Chinese rites” controversy in the 17thand 18thcenturies. This would influence the way the Church approached Read more

The happy prince

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

When I close my eyes and ruminate on the word “king” many words and images come immediately to mind; a jewel-encrusted crown, a big palace with many rooms and servants, privilege, wealth, power, and authority over, a bell is rung and others come running to be of service. None of this sits easily with me Read more