Posts Tagged ‘Gerard Burns’

Priests are not the Church’s ‘main course’

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

Priests are part of the church community; they ‘give savour’ to the community and are not the ‘main course’. The captivating comment that shed light on the role of priests within the Church was made on Saturday, by Monsignor Gerard Burns, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Wellington, during the installation ceremony of Catholic Read more

Doctrine of Discovery: its importance for NZ Catholics

Thursday, May 11th, 2023
Doctrine of Discovery

One of the strong social movements of our time is the growing recognition of indigenous (first/original/ aboriginal peoples) in countries that have taken their contemporary form following a period of colonisation by European powers. The ways colonisation took place varied according to place and time but usually involved the imposition of European power over local Read more

Eucharist is not enough to save us

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The other day I went to get a haircut after the last 2 months in lockdown (I didn’t trust the others in my ‘bubble’ to give me a haircut!). As I entered the shop to see my old friend and barber, I noticed – further along the street – the blanket-covered body of someone sleeping Read more

Cardinal Dew is at a meeting in Rome this week

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew left for Rome on Thursday. On Sunday (Rome time) he will be installed as the titular parish priest of Sant’ Ippolito. All cardinals are made nominal parish priest of a Roman parish. Next week he will be at the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Msgr Gerard Burns Read more

Pope appoints Msgr Burns to Caritas Internationalis

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Doctrine of Discovery

The Holy Father has nominated as Members of the Executive Board of Caritas Internationalis: Msgr Gerard Patrick Burns, President of Caritas Oceania, Lucas Van Looy, Bishop of Gent and President of Caritas Europe; Youssef Antoine Soueif, Archbishop of Cipro and President of Caritas Cipro. Msgr Burns is the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Wellington. Source Read more

Wellington priest makes private submission to GCSB select committtee

Friday, July 5th, 2013

A Wellington priest has made a submission to the Select Committee considering the the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and Related Legislation Amendment Bill. Monsignor Gerard Burns said his deepest concern about this bill is that it shakes the relationship of trust between the State and the citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. “Because a healthy society Read more

Caritas Oceania forum

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The annual Caritas Oceania forum, which began in Auckland on 3 October, was attended by representatives from eight different nations. About 25 people attended the week-long event, including representatives from Caritas Internationalis, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – Asia. Many of the states represented, such as Tonga and Kiribati, are among the most vulnerable to Read more