Posts Tagged ‘Relationships’

Synod on families, marriage, relationships Comments 0

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

In preparation for the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015, Pope Francis has encouraged bishops around the world to undertake wide consultation on the topic ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World’. The New Zealand Conference of Bishops invited people to add their Read more

The radiance of love redeeming the world’s darkness Comments 0

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gave a inspirational address on Monday at the Humanum conference at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman. It ranges over the whole history of marriage and concludes with a brilliant image: marriage turns “the prose of biology into the poetry of the human spirit”. I want this morning to Read more

Church cannot shy away from talking about sex Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A common activity in youth work is to use the day’s newspapers to help start a discussion with young people. I can only imagine the apprehension of any church youth leaders using this activity last Wednesday. The Daily Mail headline, ‘Minister: My fear for boys warped by porn’ could have produced a rather uncomfortable conversation. Read more

Same-sex bill might take Church out of civil marriage Comments 1

Friday, February 8th, 2013

After the House of Commons voted 400-175 to legalise same-sex marriages, Britain’s Catholic bishops warned the move would have profoundly negative effects on society. “The proposed change will have catastrophic consequences for marriage as an institution, for family life in Britain, and for all human relationships, not least among our young,”
said Bishop Philip A. Egan Read more

Childless couples tell of slights and judgments Comments 0

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Money-hungry, career-obsessed and selfish – such is the stigma surrounding childless couples.

A book by Theresa Riley has given an insight into the lives of those who have opted not to have children – and the Auckland PhD student told the Herald she was fascinated by her findings.

Her thesis and book, Childfree in New Zealand: How couples who choose not to have children are perceived, explores the experiences of 10 couples aged from their early 20s to their 50s.

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Forgiveness: the healing of relationships Comments 0

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Relationships are at the core of our beings. We are made for relationships. We are constituted in and through relationships. We thrive in relationships. This should not surprise us as we are made in the image and likeness of that Eternal Community of Life and Love we call God. All of us grow – or Read more

Casual relationships the norm Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

There were 20,900 marriages registered to New Zealand residents in the December 2010 year, down 700 or 3 percent from 21,600 marriages in 2009. A further 2,200 marriages were registered to overseas residents in 2010. The highest number of marriages in any year was in 1971, when 27,200 couples tied the knot. “What we should be doing is actively encouraging Read more