Analysis and Comment

Girls – Forced conversions and marriages spike in Pakistan Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
girls

Sixteen-year-old Suneeta and her 12-year-old sister were walking home in March when they were kidnapped. The men who took them forced the girls to convert to Islam. “We were walking back to our house after working on the farm when men in a car came out of nowhere and dragged us in with them,” said Read more

The impossible future of Christians in the Middle East Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
Middle East

An ancient faith is disappearing from the lands in which it first took root; the Middle East. At stake is not just a religious community, but the fate of pluralism in the region. The call came in 2014, shortly after Easter. Four years earlier, Catrin Almako’s family had applied for special visas to the United Read more

Christchurch parishes are overflowing, so let’s address the lack of priests Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
christchurch

Well, I guess we have had just about everything here in Christchurch since September 4, 2010. Two years of death-defying earthquakes then the grief-stricken, the demolition, the dying, the rebuilding aftermath. Followed by March 15, 2019, with 51 people dying while at prayer in the mosques, and while we are prayerfully and painfully recovering ourselves, Read more

5 transgender Catholics on the Vatican’s rejection of their gender identity Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
transgender

When Colleen Fay of Mount Rainier, Maryland, came out as transgender 12 years ago to her parish music director, she was fired from her position on the choir. She later described feeling like she was in “doctrinal limbo” because there is no universal teaching on gender from the church. “I’m hurt by the Catholic Church Read more

Building bridges; let’s start in our parishes Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
parishes

Pope Francis is a pastor of the borders. On Feb. 17, 2016, during his visit to Mexico, Francis prayed and laid flowers at a memorial for the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach the United States. Its towering cross, built on a concrete platform overlooking the militarized international bridge between Ciudad Juárez Read more

Can the Catholic Church find salvation in a greater role for women? Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
women

For committed Catholic Kate Englebrecht, most days at her home in Mudgee in the central west of New South Wales start with a simple routine — quiet reflection and prayer. It is in stark contrast to the recent turbulent times for the church, including a royal commission which exposed widespread sexual abuse, and the conviction Read more

We need more theologians to make sense of the world today Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
theologians

Students are losing faith in religious higher education, so the evidence suggests. Earlier this year a prime specialist theology and philosophy institution in the UK, Heythrop College, closed its doors after 400 years of teaching. Founded in 1614 by the Society of Jesus, and part of the University of London since 1970, Heythrop had a mission Read more

Church must renounce biblical-based homophobia Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
homophobia

Israel Folau’s now notorious declaration that queer people (“homosexuals”) are going to hell is not only harmful to our queer and takatāpui youth, it is also theologically incorrect. But it is not just Australia experiencing an overtly public wave of religiously motivated homophobia. Brian Tamaki, controversial leader of Destiny Church and co-founder of the Coalition Read more

Broad church: Diverse Christian voices worth listening to Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
christian

Perceptions of Christianity in New Zealand get shaped by the most extreme voices. So who else could the media go to for comment? Quick, name the most prominent New Zealander you can think of who is a Christian. Chances are if you follow the news at all, that the first name that comes to mind Read more

Pharmac scandal: NZ diabetes drugs ‘third world’ Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
diabetes

An endocrinologist says New Zealand’s type 2 diabetes drugs are ‘third world’. Why won’t Pharmac fund the medicines experts want? In his early twenties Ben Tawhai was a 120kg lock, playing senior rugby for Otago. In his mid-50s he’s hooked up to a dialysis machine five hours a day, three times a week. “It’s pretty Read more