Opinion

More parishes than priests

By Sue Seconi | December 27, 2021 | 3 Comments

The situation of more parishes than priests speeds towards us.   The shift from the current parish priest model of sole decision-maker to joint leadership with laity will require simultaneously that we “unlearn” that Baptism is the “done” sacrament when we were babies, and that it’s not clergy first and laity second.   “The baptismal life is the fundamental human vocation, and all must exercise the priesthood received … Read More about More parishes than priests

A cause for celebration

By Rowena Orejana | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the early fourth century, a senior priest in the great university city of Alexandria in Egypt began to preach a message that almost tore the Church apart. Arius was perplexed by the mystery of Christmas, and could only make sense of what happened at Bethlehem by claiming that Jesus … Read More about A cause for celebration

Reflecting on cribs at Christmas

By Michael Otto | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the past few months, with “bubbles” limiting social interaction in some places, and restrictions on gatherings, for many Christians, their faith has had to be lived mainly in their homes – to a greater extent than it usually is. At this time of year, one of the traditions in many such homes is … Read More about Reflecting on cribs at Christmas

The Wine of Hope

By NZ Catholic contributor | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

by JOHN EVANGELISTA  November 7, 2021 passed by like any other day in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the highlights of the day was probably the magnitude 5.5 earthquake which shook central New Zealand at 4:16pm. But again, isn’t this something normal and ordinary in our part of the world?  What many people have missed was … Read More about The Wine of Hope

Wasting time

By Helen Luxford | December 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are so many ways to just waste time. At what point is it relaxation – which is valid – and at what point is it just lazy and a waste? We have so many things vying for our attention these days. Anyone with any social media accounts knows how easy it is to get lost scrolling and scrolling through. This … Read More about Wasting time

Administration of Church property and canon law

By NZ Catholic contributor | December 15, 2021 | 1 Comment

by Msgr Brendan Daly Something only becomes property when it is owned by someone. e.g., the moon is not property because no one has a claim of ownership. Property is owned by individual persons or legal person such as companies. It is Church property when it is owned by a legal person in the Church.   … Read More about Administration of Church property and canon law