Analysis and Comment

‘Our diet is killing us quietly’: Fiji’s diabetes crisis Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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At the height of his 15-year career as a surgeon in the Pacific nation of Fiji, Dr Jone Hawea was performing eight to 10 diabetes-related operations every day – at least two of which were the amputations of limbs. “Our wards are always full of diabetes cases. Sometimes our surgical wards wouldn’t be able to Read more

Gay ministry is slowly moving the Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
gay ministry

What a difference 30 years make in gay ministry! In 1990, then-Cardinal John O’Connor forced any of New York parishes hosting Dignity support groups for Catholic gays and lesbians to evict them from church property. Late last month, with the approval of New York’s current cardinal, Timothy Dolan, Fordham University released the first in a Read more

Priest finds niche with Bangkok’s poorest Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Redemptorist Father Joe Maier, 80, opened his first school in Bangkok’s market-side slum district of Klong Toey in a swine slaughterhouse more than 40 years ago. So it is not surprising when he explains that he comes from the “wrong side of the tracks” in his native Seattle. For that is largely where he has Read more

The coming religion recession Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
religion recession

As a stir-crazy nation slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, debates about what our “new normal” will be like are intensifying. Will the shock of the lockdown bring a transformative moment of social solidarity? Or tear us apart in tribal strife? Will there be a baby boom or baby bust? More marriages or more divorces? Read more

Revisiting ministries in the Church Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Anne-Marie Pelletier has been a papally appointed observer at the Synod of Bishops (2001), was the first woman to win the Ratzinger Prize for theology (2014) and authored the meditations used at the papal-led “Via Crucis” on Good Friday (2017) at Rome’s Colosseum. Pope Francis, just this past April, appointed the 74-year-old Paris native and Read more

Are Rocket Lab’s enterprises in New Zealands national interest? Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
Rocket Lab

It’s one of our most lauded companies: a true New Zealand success story – but how much do we know about what Rocket Lab is carrying into outer space, and who it’s carrying that load for? Today on The Detail, Emile Donovan speaks to investigative journalist Ollie Neas about the company’s deep ties with the Read more

Against religious nationalism Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In some countries, a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation. It is taken for granted that people have in religion a common identity, origin and history, and that Read more

How millennials make meaning from shopping, decorating and self-pampering Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Today’s millennials are in many ways caught between a rock and a hard place, at least when it comes to traditional religious observance. On the one hand, they’re disillusioned with their parents’ religious traditions, which have failed to provide them with a coherent account of meaning and purpose in the world. On the other hand, Read more

Who is St Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues? Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Junipero Serra

As protesters on Friday toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, leaders of another California city had already announced plans to remove a statue of the Catholic saint near their city hall. And by Saturday afternoon another Serra statue was toppled at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. “Pull Read more

Blurring Boundaries: Viral biology and interconnected reality Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way people live, both individually and collectively. But has it altered the way we think about the basic fabric of our lives? Not yet. I think it should, though—especially in ways that strengthen the vision of interconnected creation outlined by Pope Francis in Laudato si’. Influenced by literal Read more