Analysis and Comment

Mass shootings: USA and the normalisation of violence Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

As a bad Catholic, I need to make a confession. I no longer pay attention to mass shootings. If I see a headline in the newspaper or online, I skip over to another story. If it comes up on my NPR podcast, I touch the arrow that advances me to the next story. If it Read more

Chesterton hiccup highlights trouble in getting lay saints Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019
Chesterton

Following the recent announcement that the cause for sainthood for celebrated writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton would not go forward in his home diocese, Dale Ahlquist, an expert on the author, said this stall “points to the difficulty of getting a layperson canonized.” Ahlquist noted one reason given for halting Chesterton’s cause was that the author, Read more

A Pope too many: Does Pope Francis have a mutiny on his hands? Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019
Emeritis Pope Benedict

The opulent Roman salon of a wealthy German princess is the location for regular gatherings of a group of ultra-conservative Catholics — including Steve Bannon, former White House strategist once favoured by President Donald Trump — where they plot their campaign to undermine the Papacy of Francis. She is Princess Gloria of Thurn and Taxis, Read more

Abortion as woman’s health issue is disingenuous Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Abortion Legislation Bill is before us. It will be contentious, as this issue always is, and it will be strongly and robustly debated. No matter which way one tries to dress this up, we are discussing the termination of a life. We can play tug of war and quibble over whether we are talking Read more

Becoming through accepting reality Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The wonderful thing about our journey with God is that it always starts from where we are – not from where we should have been or could have been! Our experience of weakness and failure and of making wrong choices does not have to weigh us down. If we know how greatly we are loved Read more

Balanced coverage of the abortion debate? Don’t hold your breath Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
abortion

Justice minister Andrew Little has announced details of the abortion bill to go before Parliament, and already it’s abundantly clear that we shouldn’t expect balanced media coverage. The tone was set in an opinion piece today in which Stuff political reporter Henry Cooke wrote that the government was finally moving after years of “shameful inaction”. Read more

A way forward for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Big, 600 seat church buildings don’t “bring people” in Christchurch. Good healthy functioning communities small or large, with community – enabling priests and lay ministers, folk who include everyone in the mix, and allow all sorts of community lead projects to flourish, create the places where people want to come. In these places the interface Read more

Seculosity: How career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance became our new religion Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. But chances are that the details of their lives — from their phones and their politics to their dinner plates and how they raise their kids — are still ruled by some sort of a religious impulse, says author David Zahl. Zahl is the founder Read more

China: Xi Jinping ramps up religious persecution Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Over the past decade, rash optimism that China was finally moving past the era of former Communist dictator Mao Tse-tung’s influence has given way to president Xi Jinping’s reconsolidating his power. One of the major ways he’s done that: persecuting religious believers. Demanding psychological submission to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), teachers in China are Read more

Americans have limited knowledge of world religions, including their own Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Most Americans know what an atheist is and why Christians celebrate Easter, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. But only 20 percent identified Protestantism—and not Catholicism—as teaching that “salvation comes from faith alone” rather than through both faith and good works. Only 34 percent knew that according to Catholic teaching, the Read more