Analysis and Comment

Should Catholics vaccinate using an ethically compromised vaccine? Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Vaccine

Edward Jenner is considered the father of vaccinology. He pioneered the world’s first vaccine, which was for smallpox. Caused by a virus, smallpox was a serious disease which killed about three in ten of the people who contracted it and left many others with severe scars. Smallpox was mainly spread by direct, lengthy face-to-face contact Read more

Pope Francis Catholicism is bigger than ethos of western self preoccupation Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
self preoccupation

“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…,” is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis, who is proving to be a remarkably active and activist leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem brutal, but the Old Testament Read more

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
slavery

Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
filming eucharist

Over the past four summers, I have gotten a break from doctoral studies in sacramental theology at the Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome by ministering at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, S.D. It is a world away from the Eternal City’s snarled traffic and the equally snarled theological texts of my day job, Read more

Rebuilding our church models; we need creatives at the governance table, now Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

A key part of learning how to adapt to our Covid-19 reality will be rebuilding our business models. Reverting to a “business-as-usual” mindset is at our own peril. Instead, we have to reframe our approaches both for short-term survival and to create a better future as #Buildbackbetter and similar sentiments are on all our minds. Read more

Can TikTok bring Gen Z into the fold? Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
TikTok

While TikTok may seem like a frivolous app, teenagers and 20-somethings play with on their phones, the platform — which is relatively new to the U.S. market — has already shown the power to make change “IRL.” The video-centric app is credited with popularizing the runaway hit “Stunnin’” by Curtis Waters. In another instance, it Read more

Death during lockdown: A collective nightmare, but we do it alone Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
live-stream funerals

Last Thursday afternoon, ostensibly on holiday in the Wairarapa, I sat with my husband on a couch that didn’t belong to us, in a house that wasn’t ours, and watched his mum say goodbye to her brother on the same TV we’d been glued to the night before watching US election coverage. The same TV Read more

The single life is a sacred vocation—and it’s more fulfilling than our culture leads you to believe Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
single life

As a seventh-grader at St. Catherine School in New Haven, Ky., during the 1960s, Fenton Johnson was proud of a poster he made for class depicting what he described as the “three church-designated callings”: religious life, marriage and being single. At 12 years of age, Johnson recognized that the Catechism of the Catholic Church taught, Read more

A mistake to canonise popes like John Paul II Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
John Paul II

The recent report detailing the Vatican’s response to the scandal surrounding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick shows why it’s a mistake to canonise popes, or anyone quickly after their deaths. According to the Vatican report released last week, Pope John Paul II received warnings about McCarrick from Vatican officials and New York Cardinal John O’Connor in 1999. Read more

Boy Scouts sex abuse: where to from here? Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
boy scouts

The Boy Scouts of America bills itself as a high-profile “values-based youth organization” aimed at moulding impressionable children into upstanding citizens. But thousands of boy scouts say they were preyed upon by the scoutmasters who were supposed to be their role models—and that Boy Scouts leadership long covered up their crimes. Time has confirmed that Read more