Opinion

Getting ready for Advent

By Michael Otto | December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the season of Advent dawns, we joyfully await the coming of the Lord. Provided we can take the time to reflect, it is useful to do so, even amid the traffic, the noise, the stress, the heat, the crowds and so on. In the lead up to Christmas, many … Read More about Getting ready for Advent

Let the little children cry

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Michael Parker Just recently, we had a small child crying out in church, and stern looks, shrugs and sighs were elicited from some parishioners. Afterwards, the family seemed to be being avoided, so I went up and said, “what a lovely family you have”, and their faces lit up. … Read More about Let the little children cry

What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

by PAT McCARTHY As we hunkered down to church closures and online Masses a second time, I reflected on a friend’s question: Are we treating this Covid-19 lockdown as a period of hibernation or will we emerge from a chrysalis — and, if so, how will we be transformed? As … Read More about What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?

600 editions

By Michael Otto | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

When an occasion like the 600th issue of a publication happens, it is useful to look behind that number to see its significance. NZ Catholic has been published for 24 years. In that time span, the average length of the paper has been 24 pages. On average, allowing for advertisements, … Read More about 600 editions

Discussions about euthanasia

By Rowena Orejana | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

by JUSTIN GLYN, SJ The Victorian bishops have recently put out a trenchant response to the latest report of Victoria’s Voluntary Assistance in Dying Review Board (which monitors the workings of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017). In it, they note the lack of information on, and access to, palliative … Read More about Discussions about euthanasia

Looking beyond the slogans of parties

By Michael Otto | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, the first sentence, concerning “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age” is much-quoted. The second sentence says that “nothing genuinely human fails to raise … Read More about Looking beyond the slogans of parties