Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Global Youth Ministry Congress excites NZ representatives

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Youth Ministry Congress

Nick Wilson and Jessica Jackman will represent New Zealand young people at the prestigious International Youth Ministry Congress. The Congress takes place from May 22 to 26 in Rome near Vatican City. A global event, the Youth Ministry Congress will focus on innovative leadership styles and strategies in youth ministry under the theme “Synodal Youth Read more

Celibacy – not a direct cause of sexual abuse

Monday, October 2nd, 2023
celibacy - sexual abuse

Celibacy is not a direct cause of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The comments come from Hans Zollner SJ, a distinguished psychologist with a doctorate in theology. He made the comments in an interview with Infovaticana. “Celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a ministry poorly Read more

Six theme national Synod synthesis

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Synod syntheses

New Zealand’s National Synod Synthesis has been compiled and released to the public. The diocesan documents were synthesised at a national meeting held in Wellington in June. The introduction to the national document says participants throughout the country “spoke positively and with love about the place the Church has in their lives. “They want the Read more

Back to the future — governance in the Catholic Church

Monday, November 8th, 2021
back to the future

Throughout the Catholic Church, something is stirring about the way we are governed. For many of us in the Church and across society, we don’t much care about that subject; we long ago made peace with being parts of communities, organizations, nations and even families where we just get on with our lives and leave Read more

Second-class membership for women anywhere is unjust

Monday, June 28th, 2021
Second-class membership for women anywhere is unjust,

The Catholic Church organization reflects an ancient society where women are incapable of leadership and governance says Auckland theologian and lecturer, Jo Ayers. “Second-class membership for women anywhere is unjust,” she told Flashes of Insight on Wednesday. Asked by host Joe Grayland if the relationship of women and the Catholic Church is a problem, she Read more

Lay and ordained, co-responsible leadership

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Ash Wednesday

The most critical shift emphasis since Vatican II is the appreciation and understanding of God’s calling for us laypeople. “They are the Church – co-responsible with bishops, priests, and religious for Christ’s mission on earth” writes Martin Work in “Laity” an introductory observation prefacing Apostolicam Actuositatem. (The decree on the laity). We are the People Read more

Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
barring women

Going to church is generally touted as good for the soul. But there is also evidence church attendance can be good for your health — unless, that is, you are a woman at a church that bars women from preaching or other leadership roles. A new study published in the American Sociological Review has found Read more

Ardern an example of a successful leader Pope says

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
female leaders

In his new book Let Us Dream, Pope Francis recognises the success of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. “The countries with women as presidents or prime ministers have on the whole reacted better and more quickly than others, making decisions swiftly and communicating them with empathy,” he says. By way of Read more

Vatican officials train for leadership

Monday, November 9th, 2020

“Act like Wonder Woman.” At the bottom of a wooden amphitheatre, the man with salt and pepper hair puts his hands on his hips. With a Roman collar around his neck, he continues to give instructions from behind his black face mask: “Plant your feet firmly on the ground, rotate your body, and shake your Read more

Prevent the next Christian scandal; shrink the leadership integrity gap

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

When Jerry Falwell Jr. inherited the presidency of the university his father founded, he was a reluctant leader, according to a recent Washington Post profile. Yet in his 13 years in the president’s chair at Liberty, Falwell has slowly expanded his influence from Liberty University’s campus to the national political scene and shown that leadership Read more