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Smaller churches have recovered better after lockdowns

Thursday, June 30th, 2022
Smaller churches

Smaller churches have recovered better from Covid lockdown restrictions than larger ones, a new study has revealed. The study published by Anglican evangelical mission agency CPAS is based on church attendance figures at Easter this year. CPAS found that, although in-church Easter attendance was three-quarters what it had been at Easter 2019, many people were Read more

Pro-life is more than opposing abortion

Thursday, June 30th, 2022
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Anti-abortion activists have been told being pro-life involves many issues that can threaten life. It’s not just about abortion. It’s about easy access to guns, poverty and rising maternity mortality. “Being for life always, for example, means being concerned if the mortality rates of women due to motherhood increase,” wrote Andrea Tornielli in his Vatican Read more

A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Churches across the US are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro homes to petite, moveable cabins and several other styles of small-footprint dwellings Read more

Abortion question may be decided politically, real test is a moral one

Monday, June 27th, 2022

The late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York often said women who had abortions were “invincibly ignorant” — they did not understand what they were doing. He blamed the bishops for not teaching convincingly. The question of abortion may be decided politically, but the real test is if morality is taught. The Supreme Court’s decision Read more

Synodality and electing the Bishop of Rome

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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“Over new plan to elect pope, 3 cardinals threaten to quit.” That headline appeared in the October 6, 1972 issue of the National Catholic Reporter. “If insiders’ reports are accurate, Pope Paul is faced with a threatened palace revolt over proposed changes in the procedures used to elect a pope,” wrote Desmond O’Grady, the now-deceased Read more

Respect te reo; use it with integrity

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Newly promoted minister Kiritapu Allan has said what a lot of people think but feel unable to say. She lashed out in a tweet against “tokenistic” use of te reo by employees of DOC “as an attempt to show govt depts are culturally competent”. She told Stuff she encouraged the use of the Maori language, Read more

Covid isn’t over, it’s just getting started

Monday, June 20th, 2022

A century ago, one in five people who died in New Zealand were killed by an infectious disease. Infectious diseases, as a group, took more lives in 1922 than heart disease. Twice as many people were killed by communicable viruses or bacteria as died of all forms of cancer combined. These days, heart disease and Read more

Building bridges with remarried divorcees

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to build bridges with remarried divorcees who are Catholic. In the preface of a new Vatican document on preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony, he called for new “concrete” guidelines to be drafted. These would help those offering pastoral care to divorced and remarried Catholics, he said. The Read more

Living with the chaos: modern Catholicism

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Living with the chaos

Chaos defines a leader. Albert Einstein wrote ‘the stupid need order; the genius masters chaos.’ A sympathetic translation could be ‘while the majority need an ordered world, a genius is needed to master a chaotic one’. The genius can see beyond the current chaotic circumstances by seeing the order in the chaos. Chaos is not Read more

Church in Hong Kong existing like plants in pavement cracks

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
Church in Hong Kong like plants in pavement cracks

The Bishop of Hong Kong has likened the existence of the Church in the former British colony to plants growing in pavement cracks. Bishop Stephen Chow commented in the Sunday Examiner that these plants “are proofs of the amazing power of life that comes from the Creator. How can they grow up in such a Read more