Posts Tagged ‘Catholic diocese of Christchurch’

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

Christchurch bishop to release files on convicted priest

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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RNZ has asked the Christchurch bishop, Paul Martin, to release files the church has on Father Cornelius O’Brien. Martin said he would, but first had to sort out privacy issues and, until then, turned down requests for an interview. O’Brien arrived in New Zealand from Ireland in 1963 and served at least seven parishes in Read more

Vicious debate mars Christ Church Cathedral rebuild

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The heads of Christchurch’s Christian churches have supported the Anglican Synod’s decision to rebuild their cathedral. However, they have expressed regret at what they call the conduct of some aspects of the debate. The church leaders say there is a great deal of concern about the sometimes vicious nature of the debate. “Vitriol and personal Read more

Mayor changes mind on $15K fee for building 2 classrooms

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The Diocese of  Christchurch will have to pay a $150,000 development fee after a plea to have it waived was unsuccessful. Despite warnings from staff, the strategy and finance committee had recommended council waive the fee.  Mayor Lianne Dalziel, who backed the application at the committee stages,  said she had changed her mind on the matter. At a Read more

Council waives fee $150,617 for school rebuild

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Christchurch city councillors have waived a development $150,617 fee for a new Catholic school. Council staff had recommended the church’s remission application be declined. St Paul’s School on Gayhurst Rd in Dallington was red-zoned after the earthquakes and subsequently sold to the Crown. The diocese decided to merge the school with Our Lady of Fatima in Read more