Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Michael Dooley’

Last issue of iconic NZ Tablet published

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Nearly 150 years after its first issue, the NZ Tablet has published its last one. Bishop Patrick Moran founded the magazine in Dunedin in 1873 with the immigrant Irish Catholic population in mind. Moran was noted as a strong-minded and literate speaker and the paper gave him the opportunity to voice his views on religion, Read more

Ash Wednesday on Sunday! COVID continues to disrupt

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Ash Wednesday on Sunday is a possibility. Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn identified the option in messages to pastoral leaders and people in their respective dioceses. “If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the belling and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Read more

Dunedin Bishop resumes duties after time away

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Bishop Michael Dooley has returned to Dunedin diocese and has resumed his duties as bishop after taking some time away. On May 3, Bishop Dooley wrote a letter addressed to his “dear brothers and sisters in Christ” announcing that he would spend some time away from the diocese for personal and spiritual renewal. Read more Read more

Dunedin bishop taking time away from diocese for renewal

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley is taking some time away from his diocese for personal and spiritual renewal. In a letter dated May 3 and addressed to his “dear brothers and sisters in Christ”, Bishop Dooley said that he was looking forward to returning after his time away “with new energy and focus”. Continue reading Related Read more

SNAP wants in on Dunedin Diocese commercial agreement

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two survivor groups are at acrimonious odds over the Dunedin diocese’s commercial agreement for helping abuse survivors. In March, the diocese struck a memorandum of understanding with the Male Survivors of Aotearoa (MSA) support group. The document details the process where abuse survivors are referred to MSA, which in turn will help survivors access counselling Read more

Bishop Kavanagh’s historic handling of sexual abuse referred to Rome.

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Cardinal John Dew has referred to the Vatican the handling of historic sexual offending within the Dunedin Diocese. The period under review is when Bishop John Kavanagh was bishop. Recently Pope Francis’ published new procedures for making bishops accountable for their actions and non-actions. The new procedures give power to a Metropolitan Archbishop to refer Read more

Survivors’ support group and bishop sign memorandum of understanding

Monday, March 25th, 2019
memorandum of understanding

Last Friday the Catholic bishop of Dunedin, Michael Dooley, signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives from the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Aotearoa New Zealand support group (MSSAT Aotearoa) according to a report in the Otago Daily Times. The Otago branch senior manager of MSSAT Aotearoa, Dugal Armour, said the agreement meant survivors of Read more

Bishop confident Pope wants action

Monday, March 4th, 2019
concrete action

Michael Dooley, the Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, says a Vatican conference on sexual abuse is just ”the beginning”, despite the lack of concrete action. Last week he told the Otago Daily Times Insight the international gathering of bishops was about getting ”attitudes right”. Pope Francis had indicated new guidelines would follow on the response to Read more

Dunedin abuse survivor fails to meet Pope

Monday, February 25th, 2019
abuse survivor

Dunedin sexual abuse survivor, Darryl Smith, has been unsuccessful in his attempt to meet Pope Francis. “We were blocked by the Swiss Guard who dismissed the letter from Bishop Dooley”, writes Spokesman for the Auckland-based Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions, Dr Murray Heasley. Heasley is in Rome with Smith. Writing on Facebook, Heasley reports,”They Read more

NZ abuse survivor hopes to meet Pope

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
meet pope

A New Zealand sexual abuse survivor, Darryl Smith, has gone to the Vatican to take part in survivor meetings, coinciding with a gathering of the leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world. Smith is hopeful of an audience with Pope Francis while in Rome. With him he is carrying a letter of introduction from Read more