Opinion

Nuclear-free and Covid-free

By Michael Otto | August 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

As Covid-19 continues its seemingly-inexorable march through many nations, New Zealand wants to be able to continue to be “Covid-free”, with cases being caught and contained at the borders. This desire is situated in a land that has prided itself since the 1980s on being “nuclear free”. It is not … Read More about Nuclear-free and Covid-free

Many turning points can lead to Jesus

By Michael Otto | July 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

In recent days, I have been gratified to receive positive feedback and recollections prompted by the article in the previous issue about my grandfather, Walter Otto. As mentioned in the article, Walter was raised as an Anglican, and he was received into the Catholic Church after he met and fell … Read More about Many turning points can lead to Jesus

The Australian connection to NZ’s radical abortion law

By NZ Catholic contributor | July 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

by Bernard Moran Here is the untold story of how an elite group of New Zealand abortion-rights advocates collaborated with their Australian counterparts to promote abortion on demand here, modelled on the successful campaign in Victoria in 2008. The result was the Abortion Legislation Act, passed by 68 to 51 … Read More about The Australian connection to NZ’s radical abortion law

A poignant reminder that we are called to carry the Word

By Fr Kevin Waldie sm | July 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

July 12: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Readings: 1. Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm: 65; 2. Romans 8:18-23; Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23.   Although Matthew has much to say to us this Sunday, it is really in conjunction with Isaiah and Paul that we understand fully the overarching point he is making.   It … Read More about A poignant reminder that we are called to carry the Word

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