Posts Tagged ‘Diversity’

More international accolades for NZ bishops’ trailblazing sexual diversity doc

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
More accolades

Accolades continue for the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ trailblazing document on sexual diversity. The latest comes from David Palmieri of Outreach, a US LGBTQ Catholic resource. “Aroha and Diversity in Catholic Schools, manifests the love of Jesus Christ in its courage to seek “respect, compassion, and sensitivity” for LGBTQ children in Catholic schools and colleges” Read more

Globally groundbreaking NZ bishops

Monday, October 17th, 2022

The new pastoral guidelines concerning gender and sexuality are “groundbreaking”, says New Ways Ministry’s Robert Shine. Primarily targeting Catholic educators, “Aroha and Diversity in Catholic Schools” is the opposite of so many policies which have harmed students and upset school communities in recent years, Shine comments. The document clearly shows the bishops’ core concern is Read more

New Catholic diversity guidelines welcome all rangatahi

Thursday, October 6th, 2022
Diversity guidelines

New diversity guidelines for the country’s 235 Catholic schools offer support for rangatahi with regard to sexual diversity. New Zealand’s Catholic bishops, who released the guidelines, say all young people in Catholic schools are to be welcomed, supported and encouraged. This is important as they navigate their journey from childhood to adult and discover more Read more

Tiny churches the way to go

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
the gathering

The Gathering evolved a few years ago from a handful of like-minded friends who used to meet and share their common belief in their homes. The Gathering, which meets in a hall the South Canterbury town of Temuka has no leader, no service plan and just a couple of acoustic guitars. About 30 people attend Read more


Monday, March 18th, 2019
John Murphy together

Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto is unbelievably offensive. It talks about the supremacy of the European people and deporting all non-Europeans. He says he decided to take a stand to ensure a future for ‘my’ people. ‘The White Genocide’ is how he refers to his actions; he labels himself as a part-time kebab removalist. Tarrant says he Read more

The hate at the heart of identiy politics

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Munroe Bergdorf probably hates you. Certainly if you are white she will think you are pretty disgusting. She thinks that you, like ‘all white people’, partake in ‘racial violence’. She thinks you have built your ‘existence, privilege and success’ on ‘the backs, blood and death of people of colour’. In short, you’re scum: you are Read more

National and NZ First criticism of new parliamentary prayer sparks changes

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Parliament will open with a new prayer on Tuesday after the Speaker of the House listened to criticism about him removing mention of the Queen and Jesus Christ. While the Queen is back in the new version to be read ahead of Question Time next week, references to Jesus Christ are still on the chopping Read more

Religion is the enemy of education says history professor

Monday, September 4th, 2017

A history professor said “religion’s the enemy of education” in response to the stir following his comment on a Z Energy Facebook post about diversity in the workplace. He wrote, “Who needs employees if they stop work five times per day to talk to an imaginary being?” Richards was accused of confusing the Sikh in Read more

5 very diverse new cardinals announced – none Italian

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The names of five new cardinals from five very different countries were announced yesterday. Pope Francis says on 28 June he will hold a consistory to appoint the cardinals,  who come from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden. They will add diversity to the church, Francis says. Apart from Spain, none of the countries Read more

Catholic schools are beacons of diversity

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Catholic schools in England and Wales are “beacons of diversity” with one in three pupils registering in a recent census as not Catholic. The school rolls also have 21% more pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds compared to other schools. These insights follow a change in the annual Catholic Education Service Schools’ census. This year for Read more