Opinion

My grandfather’s service to Church remembered

By Michael Otto | July 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

Pentecost Sunday this year marked an anniversary in my family and, in a sense, in my Auckland church community. It was 30 years to the day since my grandfather, Walter Otto, died at St Joseph’s Home in Ponsonby, aged 79. He had just attended morning Mass and had received Holy Communion. Shortly afterwards, he died sitting … Read More about My grandfather’s service to Church remembered

The pandemic and the need for a different economic order

By Bishop Peter Cullinane | July 6, 2020 | 1 Comment

When our Prime Minister speaks of New Zealand’s relative success in getting the coronavirus under control, she refers to “our team of five million”. That’s a way of referring to “solidarity” and to the “common good”. A stronger commitment to solidarity and to the common good is what needs to carry over into future social and economic planning.    It’s interesting that the virus has thrived … Read More about The pandemic and the need for a different economic order

Precious religious items in concrete in church

By Michael Otto | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

It seemed fitting somehow that precious religious items were placed throughout much of the future floor space of the under-construction St Luke’s church in Flat Bush on the feast of St Anthony of Padua.  Auckland auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen made that point as he blessed people at the conclusion of a ceremony at the church on June 13.  He … Read More about Precious religious items in concrete in church

Big truths from tiny pieces

By NZ Catholic contributor | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

by NEIL BROOM  The current pandemic has stimulated all manner of time-absorbing activities.  Although no great fans of jigsaw puzzles, my wife and I did tackle a 1000–piece project – a quite beautiful panorama of New Zealand flora and fauna. With the contents of the puzzle box scattered over a large part of the dining table, we began locating all the straight-edge pieces and assembling these to create the overall frame of the puzzle. Next … Read More about Big truths from tiny pieces

Putting theory into practice

By Nevil Gibson | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Critics of the creative arts occasionally attempt their own artistic expression, while others try the reverse.  Hollywood filmmaker Paul Schrader was brought up in a strict Protestant household that banned access to movies and television. He studied movies in his university days, resulting in a 1972 book, Transcendental Style in Film. It … Read More about Putting theory into practice

Don’t be stationary about statues

By Michael Otto | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have told the story before in NZ Catholic of how I once tried to find the Catholic basilica in Geneva, only to arrive at St Peter’s Cathedral in the old city. One of the giveaways that this is now a Calvinist church was the absence of statues. Walk into most Catholic churches and … Read More about Don’t be stationary about statues