Opinion

The Resurrection is not an extra bolted on to an ethic

By Michael Otto | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the strategies for parish rejuvenation in some parts of New Zealand is running Alpha courses. These have been described as “back-to-basics” courses on the Christian faith, where people think and reflect on some of the fundamental truths of the Gospel. Occasionally, a sceptic, with a bent for writing, … Read More about The Resurrection is not an extra bolted on to an ethic

Discard the nonsense but keep the Lord’s Day

By Michael Otto | March 31, 2021 | 7 Comments

Many Catholic households will have received, in their letterboxes, a booklet titled “National Sunday Law” — and many of those households will have done with it what Fr Mervyn Duffy, SM, suggested; consigned it forthwith to the recycling bin. Fr Duffy, in comment for NZ Catholic, rightly described the contents … Read More about Discard the nonsense but keep the Lord’s Day

Uncertainty, big time

By Helen Luxford | March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The only thing that is certain in life is change. Nothing in this life stays the same forever. At the moment, it feels as if nothing is staying the same, or is guaranteed, from one day to the next. We were having an amazing weekend away with Catholic families, sharing … Read More about Uncertainty, big time

Pastoral care key for academic success

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Kate Nicholson A few years ago, I wrote a school newsletter piece about the previous Sunday’s Gospel, the well-known Scripture reading “The Vine and the Branches” (John 15:1-17). At the time, when I was listening to this passage and, probably influenced by my plant science background, I remember thinking … Read More about Pastoral care key for academic success

The Covid vaccine and the holy innocents

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 25, 2021 | 1 Comment

by Fr Neil Vaney SM Recent statements from Rome, endorsed by our own New Zealand bishops, have made it clear that there is no moral objection to the use of vaccines developed to block the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Pope Francis, and our local bishops, have gone further, saying … Read More about The Covid vaccine and the holy innocents

Remind one another to be the Samaritan

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

As I write this article, the Auckland region has just returned to Covid-19 alert level 3. Before the announcement had even finished, my phone and computer began to ping with messages and questions about the sudden change. Time was of the essence, and strategies needed to be implemented quickly for … Read More about Remind one another to be the Samaritan