Posts Tagged ‘Catholic diocese of Christchurch’

John of God Brothers Rome – no open door to NZ survivor

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

In a display of silence, the John of God Brothers headquarters, based in Rome, did not open the door to Marylands survivor Darryl Smith. Smith, a long-time voice for sexual abuse survivors, was sexually abused as a child while at John of God Brothers residential schools in both New Zealand and Australia. Pleased that finally Read more

Sexual abuse survivor says Catholic offer of help ‘two-faced’

Thursday, August 31st, 2023
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A man who suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of the Brothers of St John of God is upset. Darryl Smith (pictured) was one of dozens of boys who suffered “extreme abuse and neglect” at Marylands School. Complaints show the school’s abusive reign ran from 1955 to the late 1980s. Now 59, Read more

Hope for Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral precinct

Thursday, April 27th, 2023
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New Council recommendations may see Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral precinct and 600-space parking building go ahead after all. This will come as a relief to developers and the Christchurch Catholic diocese. The diocese was providing $30 million towards development costs – funds it raised for the purpose. Plans with developers were well underway last month Read more

High Court not convinced by brother’s contest with Church over sister’s will

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

A man has failed to convince the High Court that his late sister’s house should be taken from the Catholic Church and given to him. The Court’s decision in favour of the Church refutes Colin Morais’s claim that it was not using his late sister’s house in accordance with her last wishes. Her wishes were Read more

Christchurch Diocese opposes city parking plan

Monday, March 14th, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has added its strength to overwhelming public opposition to an “incredibly valuable” central city site being sold to Wilson Parking. The diocese made one of 267 public submissions on the sale and, of these, 219 oppose the Christchurch City Council (CCC) proposal to sell the site to the Hong Kong-based Read more

Application made to disinter Bishops buried in Cathedral

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch will be applying to disinter three bishops who are buried in the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Grimes, Bishop Edward Joyce, Bishop John Cunneen, are buried under the floor of a side chapel of the cathedral. Grimes, the first bishop of Christchurch, was the driving force behind the Read more

Bishop Basil Meeking emeritus bishop of Christchurch R.I.P

Monday, June 15th, 2020

The emeritus bishop Christchurch, Basil Meeking, aged 90 passed away at Christchurch Hospital on 11 June after a short period of ill-health. Meeking was the seventh bishop of Christchurch. He was ordained as a priest in 1953 and then as a bishop in 1987. He served as bishop from 1987 until 1996. Meeking served in Read more

Christchurch Catholic diocese buys central city properties

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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The Christchurch Catholic diocese has spent more than $15 million on several blocks of riverside Christchurch land. The purchases are likely to be the first stakes in a larger site for a complex which may include a new cathedral. Property and company records reveal the Catholic diocese has bought 10 vacant properties in the central city block bordered by Read more

The Church may consider publishing names of abusers

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, has released a file on child abuser Cornelius O’Brien to one of his victims, a Christchurch man in his 50s. Martin was asked by RNZ’s Phil Pennington if he thought the church should start publishing the names of clergy whom it had found guilty of abusing children even Read more