Posts Tagged ‘Church and Politics’

Parish priest objects to man being buried vertically

Monday, March 13th, 2023

The family of a murdered Columbian politician Luis Gerardo Vásquez Pimiento, buried him upright in a bid to show his ideas can continue to stand the test of time. The unusual burial upset the parish priest, who distanced himself from the family’s wishes because the burial did not correspond to the Catholic Christian ritual,  Read Read more

Bloomfield won’t budge – but why?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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In his Monday press conference, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, addressed the concern that has been expressed over the weekend by church leaders and others about church gatherings still being capped at a maximum of 10 people. Bloomfield defended limits on the size of faith-based gatherings. Allowing churches to have larger gatherings was Read more

Archbishop apologises for mistakes but poverty still a concern

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The archbishop of Fiji has admitted he had made some mistakes in the statistics he used in his recent statement. The figures were quoted in the church’s newsletter, The Proclaimer, in the main article titled “Pre-election homily reflection on economic justice.” “My sincere apologies, my statistics on poverty and VAT was based on Warden Narsey’s study Read more

“You have no right to criticise us” Duterte tells Sister Patricia Fox

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“Who are you? Just because you are a nun? You go back to your country and try to ponder the enormity of your problems,” said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His words were directed at an Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox, who was detained by immigration authorities last week. “You nun, why don’t you criticise your own government, the Read more

Bolger’s faith helped him negotiate turbulent waters

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Jim Bolger, former New Zealand Prime Minister, says his faith helped him negotiate his way through the turbulent waters of the 1990s. Bolger was interviewed by Guyon Espiner as part of the RNZ series The Ninth Floor in which Espiner conducts extended interviews with former New Zealand Prime Ministers. “That was the value system that I grew Read more

Catholic Church and politics still mix

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Although the Catholic Church officially discourages clergy and religious from serving in public office, in many countries Catholic actors nevertheless play key roles in forging peace accords, guaranteeing access to safe water and other humanitarian aims, and lighting a fire under the international community to get involved. That activism builds on a grand history, from popes Read more

Bill English impressed with St John’ College boys

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Last week the deputy prime minister, and minister of finance Bill English spent almost an hour year with 13 students at St John’s College in Hamilton. “They’re enquiring, they’re confident to ask. At that age, I would never have asked a politician a question, certainly not in public,” he said. “They’re watching the world. There Read more

Auckland church puts up anti Trump billboard

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Donald Trump has been pictured crucifying Jesus Christ in a hard-hitting campaign against him by an Auckland church. St Luke’s in Remuera has put up an Easter-themed cartoon which aims to show how Trump’s views contradict the messages of Jesus Christ. St Luke’s minister Glynn Cardy said Christ would have been considered a “loser” by Read more

Solomon Islands Churches committed to stem corruption

Friday, June 6th, 2014

“We need to reclaim the prophetic voice of the Church to actively carry out its contribution in helping stem the tide of apathy and hopeless in our country’s political sphere,”  says Anglican Church of Melanesia Archbishop David Vunagi  . He was speaking at the opening of a three day church conference on Rethinking the Household Read more

MPs line up to attend Destiny Church opening

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

At least six MPs, including Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, and Internet Mana leader Hone Harawira were among those attended the official opening of the Destiny Church’s ‘City of God’ headquarters in Manukau last Friday evening. Church spokeswoman Anne Williamson told the New Zealand Herald that Destiny had no intention of inserting itself into this year’s election Read more