The time of trial Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Joy Cowley - Time of trial

When I was a child I wondered how the ark with Noah and all those animals, could store enough food for forty days. Then there were the Israelites who spent forty years in the wilderness. Wouldn’t most of them be dead by the time the tribe got to the promised land? And how did Jesus Read more

Catholicism’s two-party system Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Although Crux’s John Allen likes to pretend otherwise, Roman Catholicism is now clearly divided between the Party of Francis and the Party of Benedict. Not since the days of the Jesuits and the Jansenists has the Catholic elite — clerical and lay intellectual — been at daggers drawn as it is now. Yesterday, the New York Times nicely encapsulated the partisan Read more

Single mothers are saints Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
John Kleinsman - single mothers

Some time ago I found myself on the fringes of a group of Catholics discussing the impending birth of a baby to a teenage girl. I detected just the faintest whiff of scandal in the air – nothing said, but plenty implied. I quipped: “Isn’t that great.” Faces turned, eyes probing. “ Isn’t it great Read more

The timing of Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud admission stinks – as does her handling of it Comments 1

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Metiria Turei

Don’t be hoodwinked by the humbug being uttered by those fool enough to be making excuses for Metiria Turei, the long-time Green MP and now it turns out an even longer-time-ago benefit cheat. Those heaping praise on her for what they deem to be exceptional courage in confessing that she deliberately indulged in welfare fraud Read more

A world awash with weapons – there’s a better way Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more economically developed nations are doing. Despite the tragic fact that approximately 40 current armed conflicts worldwide are causing over 150,000 Read more

Is God boosting Stephen Colbert’s ratings? Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
God - Jonathan Merritt

Before 2017, Jimmy Fallon dominated Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the late night talk show ratings wars. But Colbert has since emerged as the victor, besting his rivals in overall viewership for the recently concluded 2016-2017 season. Colbert ended the September-to-May season with an average of 3.19 million nightly viewers, compared to Fallon’s 3.17 million and Read more

Cardinal Müller’s self-delusion and sense of entitlement Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Entitlement Cardinal Muller

Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s criticism of Pope Francis’ termination of his tenure as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is simply astonishing. His complaint is that he had no warning and the termination was a summary dismissal. I don’t know where the cardinal has been in recent months. But it doesn’t Read more

Elephant in the room Comments 4

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Elephant in the room: Priestly celibacy

I’m stepping out of line here, but I believe someone has to put words to what the Holy Spirit has been telling us for years:  married priesthood needs to be reinstated. The arguments against marriage for priests do not sit well with history or the majority of priests who claim they don’t cope with celibacy. Read more

The Christ Church Cathedral dilemma: What would Jesus do? Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

On February 22, 2011 at 12.51pm I was in Christchurch having lunch with Bishop Victoria Matthews. I am ever grateful that her choice of restaurant meant we were sitting on large bench seats in a corner away from windows. As we sheltered under the sturdy tables, I learnt that in the advice “duck, cover and hold”, Read more

Free access to cannabis could impact vulnerable Kiwis Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Legalising cannabis won’t necessarily make more people use the drug but it will mean that those who already do, will do so more often – at the cost of their health. About 75 per cent of New Zealanders have used cannabis at least once by the age of 25, according to The Christchurch Health and Read more