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In TV interview, bishop highlights election issues

By Rowena Orejana | October 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn called on Catholic voters to pray and reflect before they vote, and to do so in accordance with Gospel values. In an interview with Gary Hoogvliet,  presenter of the Shine TV programme “Our Nation Our Voice 2020”, screened on September 17, Bishop Dunn said the Catholic … Read More about In TV interview, bishop highlights election issues

Integrated schools irked at Green School funding move

By Michael Otto | October 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

Integrated schools are not happy about the $11.5million funding move by the Government for a private school in Taranaki as a “shovel–ready” project.  New Zealand Catholic Education Office chief executive officer Paul Ferris said that the Green Party-backed move “is a mistake, and it has caused great concern at a time when anxiety and tension are elevated”.  Mr Ferris, who is also chief executive officer of … Read More about Integrated schools irked at Green School funding move

‘Divine Renovation’ is zooming forward

By Rowena Orejana | October 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Auckland Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen, as well as priests and lay leaders in the diocese, are responding to challenges to parishes today by studying the principles of Divine Renovation, and working out how these principles can be implemented at the grass–roots level.  “As we’re meeting right now (by Zoom on September 9), all the priests in Christchurch diocese, who are … Read More about ‘Divine Renovation’ is zooming forward

Courage needed in public square where ‘pseudo-religion’ dominates

By Michael Otto | September 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

People of goodwill can best nurture civility and proper discourse in public life by being courageous, taking risks and bearing burdens for the sake of goods greater than themselves.  Courage – in the public square – is the “absent virtue” for many people of goodwill today, said US Professor Robert George, in a Facebook interview with … Read More about Courage needed in public square where ‘pseudo-religion’ dominates

Church communicators need to be bridge-builders

By Michael Otto | September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social networks have changed the pace of communication, making reaction times for communicators very much shorter – by necessity – even at an institution as ancient as the Holy See.   Much has changed in the last decade–and–a–half, said the director of the Vatican press office, Matteo Bruni, in a Zoom talk from Rome … Read More about Church communicators need to be bridge-builders

Christchurch cathedral demolition plan approved

By Rowena Orejana | September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has approved the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch’s demolition plan for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  This is in accordance with the conditions of a section 38 notice – an emergency earthquake-related provision in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act.  A LINZ spokesperson told NZ Catholic that the … Read More about Christchurch cathedral demolition plan approved