Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Peter Cullinane’

Small family arguments

Thursday, March 21st, 2024
The Church

Some ask about polarisations occurring within the Church, and they expect honest answers. Others give me their own frank and honest opinions. Their concerns deserve respectful dialogue. Yet others have partially removed themselves from in-house discussion by opting for a “spirituality” more or less independent of the Church. Confusions that come to us from the Read more

The clamour and the silence

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
clamour and silence

We can truly feel for women who find themselves in a terrible predicament for which abortion can seem to be the only way out.  That situation is not what I am addressing in this short article. We can also sympathise with good and decent people who have become victims of a culture that is not Read more

NZ synod synthesis calling for decent translation of Roman Missal is ‘sad’

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Roman Missal

A New Zealand liturgical theologian is sad the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference National Synodal Synthesis is calling for a new English translation of the Roman Missal. Dr Joe Grayland makes the comment in a comment and analysis piece in today’s CathNews. The National synodal synthesis calls for “liturgical language that is welcoming, inclusive, less misogynistic, Read more

Liturgical misunderstandings and superficiality

Monday, July 25th, 2022
clamour and silence

In part II, Bishop Peter Cullinane clarifies some of the areas in Pope Francis’ Decree Traditionis Custodes, where there is potential for misunderstandings and superficiality. Liturgical misunderstandings and superficiality develops Part I: Like charity, Christian unity begins at home. Wasn’t the Traditional Latin Mass the “Mass of the ages”? Yes, which is why it adapts Read more

Like charity, Christian unity begins at home

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
clamour and silence

When Jesus’ first disciples were signing on, “Philip found Nathaniel and said ‘we have found the one Moses wrote about… Jesus from Nazareth’. Faced with Nathaniel’s scepticism, Philip simply said ‘come and see” (John 1:43-46).  And that did it. If this same Jesus is now “Christ among you, …” (Col.1:27), then people’s experience of Christian Read more

A suggestion for the Liturgy of the Word

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
clamour and silence

We have come a long way since the liturgy of the word was that part of the Mass we could miss and still fulfill our Sunday obligation! It was the next part of the Mass that mattered because the presence of Christ in the Sacrament was so special. But nearly 60 years after the Second Read more

LGBTQ+ and ideological agenda

Monday, May 16th, 2022
clamour and silence

There are men and women whose attraction is to the same sex, who just get on with their lives, often with the support of others of the same disposition, and in many cases living chastely. This essay is not about them. Rather, it is about those who have an ideological agenda. Yet, in either case, Read more

The big picture: Come dream with me, a dream that is coming true

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
clamour and silence

Dear young people – it is especially you I am thinking of as I allow these thoughts to unravel. You will be the architects of the future. Amazing science and technology will open doors we haven’t even come to yet. Hopefully, you will always be guided by what it means to be authentically human, which Read more

Mission, Ministries and co-responsibility

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
clamour and silence

The front line of the Church’s work is the Christian people whose lives are leaven in the dough of all the ordinary circumstances of ordinary life. The purpose of ministries within the Church is to provide nurture and formation for that mission.  It is the mission that matters. Part I – Ministries For some years Read more


Monday, August 16th, 2021
clamour and silence

An image has been occurring to me of boats that have become unmoored. They end up on the rocks, or colliding with one another. There are features of our Western world’s culture that seem to fit the image. Important aspects of our lives seem to have become disconnected from what gives them meaning. If this Read more