Posts Tagged ‘pastors’

Court decision a good lesson for all church leaders

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Lawyer Leulua’ialii Olinda Woodroffe says the recent  decision by Samoa’s the court of appeal would be good lesson for the all church leaders to follow. “The churches take a lot of money from the people and we need to change the attitude of ministers,” she said. “They are not God. They go to church that Read more

On last day in US, Pope criticises narrow, unbalanced faith

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Preaching before more than one million people in Philadelphia, Pope Francis argued strongly against a narrow approach to faith. At a Mass at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 27, the Pope expanded on readings of the day in which Jesus and Moses chided their followers for narrowness. “To raise doubts about the working of Read more

Challenges facing churches in NZ and USA similar

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The challenges facing churches in New Zealand and the United States are similar says a visiting American professor of Christian ethics Reverend Doctor David Gushee. “That is pretty much what I found during two weeks of lectures and sermons across New Zealand.” Gushee identified 4 overlapping challenges to religion which he believes are common to both Read more

Papal household head questions motives of liberal pastors

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The prefect of the pontifical household has questioned why some pastors want to allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Archbishop Georg Ganswein told a university publication he didn’t know why some pastors want to propose what is not possible. “Perhaps they give in to the spirit of the time; perhaps they allow Read more

Pope wants bishops who will argue with God

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Pope Francis has called for bishops who are genuine pastors and who will argue with God on behalf of their people. He said this in an address to the Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops on February 27. The Pope told the office they should not seek prelates who are mainly concerned with doctrinal matters. Rather the Read more

Pope wants pastors — not princes — as bishops

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Bishops should be pastors — not princes, Pope Francis has emphasised in an address to papal nuncios, whose duties include sending to the Vatican the names of candidates for the episcopacy. The Pope said he wants these candidates to be “pastors who are close to their people, fathers and brothers, who are meek, patient and Read more

Mixed voting messages for US churchgoers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Just over half of American churchgoers have been encouraged by their pastors to vote in today’s presidential election, with less than 20 per cent of pastors supporting a particular candidate. Black Protestants have been nearly twice as likely as other Christians to hear about the election, and nearly half have heard voting messages favouring incumbent Read more