Posts Tagged ‘Justice’

Jacinda nearly succeeded in humiliating us, a worshipping community Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The Catholic parishes in Palmerston North, comprising the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Palmerston North, Our Lady of Lourdes and Foxton intended to live-stream Sunday Mass from the Cathedral. Under the current law, up to 10 people are permitted to make up the church service. With such a limitation, it became abundantly clear that the parishes would Read more

Indian court pardons boy who stole to feed family Comments 0

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

A court in Bihar’s Nalanda district has pardoned a 16-year-old boy, detained for snatching a woman’s purse, after it was found that the accused had stolen to feed his brother and mentally-challenged mother, who were hungry for several days due to the nationwide lockdown. Juvenile Justice Board Principal Magistrate Manavendra Mishra also directed the officials Read more

Even in ‘respectable’ countries, the justice system can be corrupted Comments 0

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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One of the strange constants of the tumultuous persecution/prosecution of Cardinal George Pell was that, no matter the latest fantastical development, the Holy See Press Office would always express its “utmost respect” for the Australian justice system. At first, this seemed like the routine lies that press offices tell. During the recent visit of the Read more

Love George Pell or loathe him, we should all be grateful that justice has been delivered Comments 0

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
george pell

Some Australians, including many victims of child sexual abuse, revile George Pell. Others hold him in high esteem. Neither of these groups will have their minds changed about Cardinal Pell, ­regardless of what any court might determine. The majority of Australians fall into neither camp. Victorian Police In the midst of controversy and with allegations Read more

Recommitting to racial justice has not gone out of season Comments 0

Monday, February 17th, 2020
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Catholic groups and organizations are striving to not only acknowledge the sins of the past but also do something to atone for them. Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, issued a Lenten study guide last year, “Recommit to Racial Justice.” It has proved so popular that more copies of the six-week program need to be Read more

Amazon Synod about more than married priests Comments 0

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

With the upcoming Amazon Synod, some people are only focused on whether it will recommend that the priesthood be opened to the ordination of married men, but there is a lot more at stake. True, the synod will discuss the possibility of ordaining married men because there is a shortage of priests to serve such Read more

Ihumatao: Notions of achieving justice tested Comments 0

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The dispute currently being played out at Ihumatao will take Solomon-like wisdom to resolve. Given that all major parties involved, Fletcher Construction, the kaumatua who negotiated a deal with Fletchers, and the “protectors of the land” led by Pania Newton, are all acting legally and are all making reasonable claims concerning their interest in the Read more

Pope to abusers: “Hand yourselves over to human justice” Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Shortly before Christmas, Pope Francis declared in response to the sexual abuse crisis that “the church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes.” He promised that “the church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case.” For decades, people Read more

Compassion, justice and healing after abuse apology Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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The Australian royal commission is over, but there is still a long way for us to travel so that we might stand together in solidarity committed to justice, truth and healing for all, for the living and for the dead. We are unlikely as a Church or as a society to get this right for Read more

Criminal justice that looks forward Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
Justice

Travel clears the head, offering a new perspective on some of our troubled U.S. institutions. In this case a visit to New Zealand made me ponder our US criminal justice system, too often dominated by punitive retributive thinking. A tall Maori man, with a heavy build, stood in the criminals’ box in Blenheim, New Zealand, Read more