Posts Tagged ‘Equality’

Honest evangelisation needs honest journalism

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
living in the world

Nearly two decades ago, I was asked to become the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan. My first reaction was gut-hurting laughter. When I caught my breath, I said to the priest who had been sent to present the proposal, “Look at my face!” It was, indeed, unprecedented Read more

Women insist that equality should mean the right to vote

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Catholic women attending the summit of bishops at the Vatican on the Amazon region praised the climate of inclusivity and openness ushered in by Pope Francis but insisted that equality demands they also have a right to vote. “As many other religious women, we believe we have come to the point that our superior generals Read more

Can the Catholic Church find salvation in a greater role for women?

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

For committed Catholic Kate Englebrecht, most days at her home in Mudgee in the central west of New South Wales start with a simple routine — quiet reflection and prayer. It is in stark contrast to the recent turbulent times for the church, including a royal commission which exposed widespread sexual abuse, and the conviction Read more

Priests call for talk on total equality of women in church

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Twelve priests in Ireland have issued a statement calling for an open discussion on equality for women in the Church, including in ministry. “Discriminating against women encourages and reinforces abuse and violence against women in many cultures and societies,” they said. Some of the 12 have been prominent members of the reformist Association of Catholic Priests in Read more

Christians under pressure to hide faith at work

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

A new report in the United Kingdom claims that Christians feel pressured to keep their faith hidden at work. A public consultation carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission also showed Christians are being mocked by colleagues for being bigoted. Christians are also discriminated against when it comes to wearing religious symbols, the Read more

5 Reasons you need a female pastor

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

In comparison to their male counterparts, female pastors have limited opportunities and face serious pay discrepancies. Never mind that half of people in mainline seminaries today are women – so if many churches are to survive in the future, it may be with a woman at the helm. But too many congregations are not willing Read more

New book explores fairness in New Zealand

Friday, March 28th, 2014

On Friday, March 21st, in Auckland, Accent Publications launched its latest title: “But is it fair?” Subtitled Faith Communities & Social Justice, the book is edited by Neil Darragh, and explores a faith response to inequality in using 31 people’s stories about  faith communities that promote fairness in New Zealand. Darragh has divided the book into five sections: Sources and traditions, Read more

A woman’s place in New Zealand

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The day Prime Minister Helen Clark was berated and humiliated at Waitangi for daring to speak on the marae should have been the day all iwi resolved to reassess the rules subordinating women on marae and in wharenui. It should have been considered urgent. Perhaps the indignity of that day was generally dismissed as mere Read more

Dr Lance O’Sullivan receives another award

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Dr Lance O’Sullivan, a former pupil of Hato Petera College,  was honoured with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award at the Auckland Town Hall last week. Earlier this year he was awarded Supreme Maori of the Year by current affairs show Marae Investigates. Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive Shelley Campbell praises O’Sullivan’s dedication to eradicating child poverty. Read more

Members of Select Committee on same sex marriage “hostile”

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Grace Carroll, a Catholic design student from Wellington, has accused  some members of the  select committee on same sex marriage of behaving in a hostile and “menacing” way to submitters who are against a proposed law change for same sex couples. In a press release from Family First she says when she appeared before the Read more