If I had been a man, the question would not have come up

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

One of France’s most popular news and information magazines, Paris Match, has published a series of secretly taken photographs of Archbishop Michel Aupetit in the company of a young woman as part of an article titled “Lost for Love”. Pope Francis on December 2 accepted the 70-year-old Aupetit’s resignation as Paris’ archbishop after rumours intensified Read more

Christianity and society: Former Australian PM’s Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
christianity and society

Two former Australian Prime Ministers, Hon Tony Abbott and Hon Kevin Rudd join Australian Catholic University Emeritus Professor Greg Craven in a conversation about important issues facing Christianity and society. Rudd and Abbott are longer prime ministers but both now serve the nation in other ways. This conversation is to hear their views, as people Read more

Giving birth to Christ in the world

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Christ in the world

Spiritually, we are all called to be pregnant with God and to give birth to Christ in the world. Men and women alike, this is our mission, and the mother of Jesus gives an outline of what that birthing is all about. Scripture doesn’t offer a lot of information about Mary. But if we look Read more

Does religion make people more likely to welcome refugees? It’s complicated.

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

On Sunday, December 5, Pope Francis, visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, made an emotional pitch for European states to be more welcoming to foreign migrants. The pontiff called on Europeans to stop ignoring their suffering, insisting that Jesus “is present in the stranger, in the refugee, in those who are naked and hungry.” “I Read more

Ghanaian bishops ignore pope over LGBTQ+ rights

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Ghanaian bishops LGBTQ+ rights

The Ghanaian Catholic Bishops Conference have ignored Pope Francis by publicly supporting a draconian bill making its way through parliament that broadly targets LGBTQ+ rights. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill states, “homosexual practices [should be made] illegal in Ghana”. The bill purports to criminalize many LGBTQ+ basic freedoms Read more

Catholic Church’s sex education plan hasn’t got a prayer in the digital age

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Sex education

A programme in 2021 that attempts to instruct children that puberty is a gift from God and “sexual love” is best expressed within the sacrament of marriage might reflect the church’s best hopes for our youth. In reality, it’s about as much use as telling kids they could try using crossed fingers as contraception. It Read more

Luxon’s Christian values challenged

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Luxon's Christian values challenged

Asked what drives his values, when pressed the National Party’s new leader, Christopher Luxon (pictured) identifies the Christian religion. The apparent media anxiety over Luxon’s Christianity is incoherent; his four immediate predecessors Judith Collins, Todd Muller, Simon Bridges and Bill English all professed a form of Christian faith. Then adding to the incoherence is that Read more

Traffic lights are go for Sunday Mass

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Traffic Lights

Parish priests throughout New Zealand are working overtime in preparation to serve Sunday’s first congregations under the Government’s Traffic Light system. Those CathNews has spoken to in “Orange”, are looking forward to the extra level of safety and greater congregational capacities they can offer their vaccinated congregations. All, however, are treading a fine line establishing Read more

Family violence – New Zealand’s hidden pandemic

Monday, November 29th, 2021

There’s the Covid pandemic – we all know about that; and then there’s the hidden pandemic. That’s the one where New Zealanders bash each other up. Preferably their nearest and dearest. The hidden pandemic’s the one Matt and Sarah Brown, founders of global anti-violence movement She Is Not Your Rehab, have spent years working to Read more

The tenacity of hope

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Recently some readers of my blog “Another Voice” told me they fear I am becoming “negatively critical and pessimistic”. Their remarks surprised me. I am critical but I think it is healthy and responsible to be constructively critical. Being critical, however, is not the same thing as being negative. And I am really not pessimistic. Read more