Opinion

Responding to the abuse crisis

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

By MICHAEL HEMPSEED  Let’s face it, Catholics want to pretend the abuse crisis never happened. When I have heard Catholics talk about this, they say things like, “It was only a small number of priests”, “They should never have been admitted to the priesthood in the first place”, or “We … Read More about Responding to the abuse crisis

How much disruption will there be this year? 

By Helen Luxford | February 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

As we head into the eye of the Omicron storm, I am wondering how much disruption there will be this year? How much face-to-face school will the kids get? Will we be doing more online school this year? How many birthdays in our household will be in isolation? The more … Read More about How much disruption will there be this year? 

Revisiting Pope’s letter on abuse

By Michael Otto | February 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

With a better idea of the scale of reported alleged abuse in the Catholic Church in this country now public, certain reflex responses can arise.   “It was a long time ago . . . . “; “It wasn’t us [my group within the Church].”; “Other institutions have done similarly . … Read More about Revisiting Pope’s letter on abuse

Walking into 2022, cautiously

By Helen Luxford | February 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

I think everyone is a bit on edge. A bit nervous. What will 2022 bring? We all rolled in to 2020 with some distant news of some new virus in China with no idea what was ahead. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, and it’s the … Read More about Walking into 2022, cautiously

The Gift of Tears

By NZ Catholic contributor | February 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

By JOHN EVANGELISTA  The time many associated with gift-giving has been and gone already. Where does time go? But because the Christmas season is over, it is not a time to stop giving gifts. Here’s a suggestion: What about trying to offer the “gift of tears” throughout 2022?  Pope Francis, … Read More about The Gift of Tears

The pandemic as seen by the future generation

By Helen Luxford | January 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lockdown has had a profound effect on so many of us. While it’s easy for us as adults to understand the impact this has had on our lives, it’s really important to remember what this is doing to the future generations.   This has been an event without precedence; previously … Read More about The pandemic as seen by the future generation