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Listening key for Church reform in our time

By Michael Otto | April 28, 2020 | 1 Comment

The royal commission investigation of sexual abuse in care in New Zealand is likely to highlight systemic problems in the Church that will prompt calls for reform. This is what has happened in other countries and reform processes have started in places like Australia and Germany, said Dr Myriam Wijlens … Read More about Listening key for Church reform in our time

Requiem Mass watched online by family

By Michael Otto | April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A requiem Mass for a beloved Ashburton parishioner was joined in prayer by extended family and friends online from their homes, as their loved one was being buried with no family or friends present because of Covid-19 restrictions. Noreen Tod, 82, who died on April 1 at Ashburton Hospital, was … Read More about Requiem Mass watched online by family

Ordination to priesthood postponed

By Rowena Orejana | April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The decision to postpone the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Trung Nguyen hit him hard, but the love that poured from the people of the Palmerston North diocese, as well as from his own family, has kept his faith strong. “When I heard about it, I felt sad. I … Read More about Ordination to priesthood postponed

Extraordinary Easter prompts words of hope

By Rowena Orejana | April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The New Zealand Catholic bishops jointly and individually expressed the message of hope that Easter conveyed, reminding all Catholics that Jesus called on us to “be not afraid”, and that he (Jesus) has triumphed over the “lockdown of the tomb”. In a statement signed by all the bishops, they acknowledged … Read More about Extraordinary Easter prompts words of hope

Fundamentalist biblical interpretation off the mark

By Fr Kevin Waldie sm | April 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

In response to various statements from certain religious figures – mainly on the Internet – to the effect that the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic was foretold in the Book of Revelation in the Bible, NZ Catholic asked Te Kupenga – Catholic Theology Institute Scripture lecturer Fr Kevin Waldie, SM, for comment. … Read More about Fundamentalist biblical interpretation off the mark