Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Michael Gielen’

Action on fringe Latin Mass rites – timely and necessary

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

In the wake of recent events in Christchurch involving the fringe group “Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer” and their alleged exorcisms, a critical examination of the Church’s stance on pre-Vatican II Latin Mass rites is both timely and necessary. This group’s actions have them being accused of operating as a law unto themselves, disrespecting Read more

Liturgical theologian supports Bishop Gielen’s initiative

Monday, November 20th, 2023
Liturgical theologian - Joe Grayland

Liturgical Theologian Dr Joe Grayland questions why fringe groups such as the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer are tolerated. “They do not belong to the mainstream of the Church and do not follow the ordinary form of the Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 (Novus Ordo). Last week, NewsHub alleged the Sons of Read more

More exorcisms! The Vatican acts

Thursday, November 16th, 2023

The Vatican has responded to Bishop of Christchurch Michael Gielen’s request for help dealing with unauthorised exorcisms and related spiritual abuse in the Diocese. The retired bishop of Toowoomba, Robert McGuckin (pictured), has been tasked with conducting an Apostolic Visitation to investigate the allegations. The former professor of Canon Law at the University of Notre Read more

Exorcisms suspended by Christchurch bishop

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

Following allegations of unauthorised exorcisms, Bishop Michael Gielen has suspended all exorcisms in the Christchurch diocese and ordered a comprehensive review of the practice. Gielen is currently in Portugal at World Youth Day. The announcement arrives in the wake of a report by TV3 journalist Michael Morrah that exposed alleged unapproved exorcisms conducted by the Read more

New Christchurch Cathedral beckons

Monday, July 17th, 2023
Christchurch cathedral

A new Christchurch Cathedral is a step further ahead with the Catholic diocese advertising for a Fundraising and Development manager. The role is newly created, and the successful person will work closely with the bishop, general manager and senior leadership team to provide revenue growth, supporting the diocese’s mission. In the position’s Candidate Brief, the Read more

Catholic men’s breakfast attracts record numbers

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

The Catholic men’s breakfast held on May 13 in Christchurch had a record number of men gathering at Sacred Heart Church in Addington. The breakfast, organised by Christchurch diocese, was attended by some 200 men. They travelled to Sacred Heart church in Addington to receive spiritual food from Christchurch Bishop Michael Gielen, and to meet Read more

Christchurch diocese publishes the letter

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Christchurch diocese publishes the letter

Three days after not allowing the printing or publication of a letter concerning parish restructuring and rebuilding a new Cathedral, bishop of Christchurch, Michael Gielen, released the letter. The 29 March move came after there was considerable interest in the letter’s contents, particularly from Catholics who could not be at Mass on the Sunday it Read more

Parish mergers, land sales and Christchurch Cathedral rebuild all halted

Monday, March 27th, 2023
Bishop Michael Gielen halts parish mergers

Parish mergers, further sale of parish and diocesan land and building of a new Christchurch Catholic Cathedral have halted until the diocese hears back from Rome. The news was delivered by a letter read on behalf of the Bishop of Christchurch, Michael Gielen, at all Sunday Masses. Christchurch diocese parishioners told CathNews that Gielen had Read more

Together, not alone: Gielen installed as Christchurch bishop

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Michael Gielen, the New Bishop of Christchurch, wants to join the people of Christchurch in new adventures and not go it alone. He is urging priests of the diocese to “have the smell of the sheep”. Gielen said that all the former Christchurch bishops have brought their own personalities and style to the position and Read more

Gielen to continue consolidating Christchurch city parishes

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

The new Christchurch Catholic bishop, Michael Gielen, is quick to praise the work done by the previous Christchurch bishop and apostolic administrator, Paul Martin. Gielen says he is looking forward to continuing Martin’s work to consolidate the city’s parishes. “The work he has done in paving the way for the consolidation and strengthening of our Read more