Opinion

Faith in the glitter of the Royal Wedding Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Negative reaction to John Murphy’s confession of having watched the Royal Wedding was interesting! I too, watched, without the slightest twinge of an uneasy conscience, one of the most fascinating television presentations that I have ever watched. I sent texts to many of my friends in the dead of night, which, alas, mostly went unanswered. Read more

Best Vatican document on Economics for some time Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones

Wednesday, the Vatican issued a letter, Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones on economic and financial matters. Quite unlike many recent communications on those issues, it was elegantly written – almost a joy to read. It is a serious and constructive contribution to the debate and, in its earlier sections, it is, if not quite original, a vital Read more

Ardern’s efforts too little, too late for poor families Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018
child poverty Budget 2018

Jacinda Ardern came into politics to reduce child poverty, but her ‘families package’ will not bring help soon enough to the children who need it. About one in eight, or 12%, of New Zealand’s children are in poverty, a problem that has been festering for 30 years. As housing costs have soared, lack of affordable Read more

The uneasy power of love Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018
power of love

“Shocked” and “You’re a disgrace”, were two reactions from a couple of friends when I confessed to watching the Royal Wedding. Yes, the wedding was a “who’s who” and fashionista’s delight. But it was the address and the animated picture of Bishop Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church Read more

Why Richard Dawkins is wrong about Christianity Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
dawkins

Richard Dawkins, the world’s best known atheist-for-hire, was recently in New Zealand, preaching at events in Auckland and Christchurch and hoping to rally the troops and win new converts. As a Bible-loving Christian who believes in God, angels, heaven and hell, I guess people would assume I’m angry or nervous about having the High Priest Read more

Highly pressured family life on the Border Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Migration

Family pressures are familiar to us all, they are so much more acute here on the border. Jason is 17 years old, a Hispanic, born on the US side of the river, a spina bifida kid who lives in a wheel chair. His mum left him at birth. Magda his grandmother, adopted him as her Read more

Why is everybody getting married in a barn? Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
married

It’s early May. Which means it’s wedding season. Which means a whole lot of Americans will soon be partying in a barn. Millennials, in staggering numbers, are choosing to start their married lives under high eaves and exposed beams, looking out over long, stripped-down wooden benches and lines of mason jars. According to an annual Read more

Reading the Bible Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Reading the Bible

Recently I read this statement from a progressive rabbi: “It is a sin to read the Torah as historical fact.” He then went on to describe the importance of reading scripture as parable,  allowing the Holy One to speak to us through it. Ah, I thought. He’s talking about the Catholic tradition of lectio divina. Read more

The strange Vatican silence over Chile’s abuse survivors Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Chile

Just over a week ago, three Chile abuse survivors met Pope Francis, and then gave an important press conference reflecting on the meeting. Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton, and José Andres Murillo said Pope Francis had admitted he was “part of the problem”, and had pledged to do more in future. It’s a bit of Read more

Why the Met Gala is a good thing for Catholicism Comments 0

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
met gala

Last night’s Met gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented us with several Joans of Arc in chainmail dresses; a crusader or two; a plethora of angels; a few cardinals (only one genuine!); a mother of sorrows and many other Marys; and lots of men in their “Sunday best” suits. And one pope: that Read more