Opinion

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

67 years as priest and bishop

By Michael Otto | July 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bishop Basil Meeking was the seventh bishop of Christchurch.   Born in Ashburton in 1929, he attended St Joseph’s School in Ashburton and St Bede’s College in Christchurch. He entered Holy Cross College in Mosgiel to study for the priesthood in 1947. He was ordained as a priest in Dallington in 1953.  He served as a priest at … Read More about 67 years as priest and bishop

Caritas calls on Government to oppose annexation of West Bank land

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand called on the New Zealand Government to oppose the planned annexation by Israel of the West Bank, which was scheduled to begin on July 1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz reached an agreement to form a coalition government earlier this year, … Read More about Caritas calls on Government to oppose annexation of West Bank land

The presence of God made known to us by these readings

By Fr Kevin Waldie sm | June 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

June 28: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Readings: 1. 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16; Psalm: 89; 2. Romans 6:3-4,8-11; Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42.    God’s Word, spoken by his chosen agent, takes centre-stage in these readings. And through it we see into a feature of the faith that needs some elucidation.    Elisha’s encounter with the wealthy woman in 2 Kings illustrates the very point. The welcome this woman … Read More about The presence of God made known to us by these readings