Palmerston

We don’t need women deacons

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Women deacons

Women deacons are in effect working well in the Church, except we do not call them deacons, and they are not ordained. This is the view of Dr Joe Grayland, theologian, author and parish priest of three parishes in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He questions whether we need another form of the clergy. Grayland made Read more

Instead of Sunday Mass Greytown Catholics pray

Monday, May 31st, 2021
No Sunday Mass

Wairarapa parishioners in Greytown have announced a Sunday Morning prayer service to replace what was their regular Sunday Mass. The group establishing the service say while Sunday Mass is available in Masterton or Featherston, these options do not always work for everyone. “It also does not support the local community,” Gerard McGreevy of the Establishment Read more

Quiet optimism surrounds appointment of Vatican’s new liturgy head

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Pope Francis, May 27, announced that British Archbishop, Arthur Roche (pictured) will be the new head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. (Liturgy Office.) Roche replaces controversial conservative Cardinal, Robert Sarah, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted on 20 February. The Vatican liturgy office is charged with overseeing the Catholic Read more

Pope asks Vatican media, “who actually reads your news?”

Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Pope Francis Vatican media

Pope Francis has stunned Vatican media staff, Tuesday, asking how may people actually read their news. “There are many reasons to be concerned about (Vatican) Radio, about L’Osservatore Romano. But, the one that touches my heart: how many listen to the radio, and how many read L’Osservatore Romano?” Francis asked in a live radio broadcast Read more

The new synodal process is under-thought and oversold

Monday, May 24th, 2021
synodal process

By now, you’ve probably heard that Pope Francis postponed the upcoming synod on synodality for a full year, from October 2022 to October 2023, and ordered every ecclesiastical jurisdiction and single member of the faithful to participate in an expanded “preparatory” process. If the incongruity of making the Church more synodalitous by papal diktat ever Read more