Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal John Dew’

Cardinal Dew: The only authority is the authority of service Comments 0

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
servant leadership

The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, was in Australia last week to present an address on Servant Leadership in the Spirit of Pope Francis. He spoke at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta on Tuesday. On Wednesday he spoke on the same topic when he presented the Helder Camara Lecture at Newman College in Melbourne. Read more

Titles Comments 0

Thursday, June 27th, 2019
titles

Years ago, a man about to be ordained was told by an older priest, “The hardest thing you will find is to be called Father.” The new priest found this was indeed true and he dropped the title, although doing so made some lay people uncomfortable. One parishioner said calling a priest by his first Read more

“Don’t call me Father” gets mixed reception Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
father

Cardinal John Dew’s call to drop the “Father” title has received mixed results. As reported by CathNews, Dew first raised the issue of honorifics in an internal church newsletter. Describing the “Don’t call me Father” call as ‘simple’, Dew however hopes that not using the clerical title might go some way to changing the clerical Read more

It is not just about buildings – it is about mission Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019
mission

The Archbishop of Wellington cardinal John Dew wants to go further than just combining parishes and reducing the number of church buildings. He is calling for a more mission-focused church. In an extended interview, posted on Stuff about two recent memos he has recently circulated, Dew said there should be “fewer conversations about ‘the colour Read more

I now wonder why priests are called Father Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Father

In his recent Newsletter, the Archbishop of Wellington drew attention to an article written by a priest from France, Jean-Pierre Roche, entitled “Stop calling me Father.” In his article, Roche says that priests may be able to make some small changes to overcome clericalism if they gave up expecting to be called “Father.” “In August last Read more

Archdiocese grapples with reducing number of churches Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019
number of churches

RNZ has reported that some Catholics in Wellington are unhappy with cardinal John Dew’s letter to all parishes in the archdiocese asking them to review the number of churches in their parish. The RNZ report says they accuse him of being high-handed and autocratic. But Dew denies this. He says he has simply asked congregations Read more

Cardinal supports students’ climate change protest – “Listen to them” Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
listen

In New Zealand this Friday, young people are taking part in the worldwide college student protest about the slow pace of international action on climate change. The Catholic Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, is supporting their efforts. “We all need to listen to young people about climate change,” he said. Dew acknowledged that opinions Read more

Archdiocese to review its stock of churches and presbyteries Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019
review

Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, has directed every parish in the archdiocese to review its stock of churches and presbyteries. The review will identify how many churches the parish needs to cater for its Mass count, taking into account the availability of priests and lay pastoral leaders, and the ideal location of the Read more

New Zealand to be represented at Vatican safeguarding conference Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
safeguarding conference

A representative from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops will attend the summit on safeguarding in the Vatican later this month. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and vice-president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC), will attend the meeting which will take place 21 – 24 February 2019. Because of recent eye surgery, Bishop Read more

Cardinal Dew: Leadership in times of change Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
leadership

The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, was the keynote speaker at the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane. He spoke on the topic of Leadership in a Time of Change. The cardinal said New Zealand Catholics looking for answers to “renewal” took heart from Pope Francis. “The Pope is encouraging us to go out of our buildings Read more