Opinion

Evangelising beyond the sacristy

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Sue Jones Bishop Barron’s article “Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities” (NZ Catholic, August 12) raised questions about evangelisation. How are we, as Catholics, to evangelise? What is evangelisation? Who does what? Is it something we do, or is it a life God lives in us? Or both? 

What does ‘hope’ really mean (II)?

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is the second half of an article called “What does ‘hope’ really mean?” by Bishop Peter Cullinane. 

What does hope really mean? – Part 1

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Bishop Peter Cullinane Our reflections at this time are on hope. What does hope mean in situations that sometimes seem hopeless? To address this question, it helps to have some sense of what hopelessness feels like. We can’t always have first-hand experience [of] what makes other people feel hopeless, … Read More about What does hope really mean? – Part 1

Gaudete et Exsultate a document for our day

By NZ Catholic Staff | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Apostolic Exhortations are usually the result of a synod and attempt to combine the ideas presented by many bishops into a single document. In consequence they are often lengthy and disjointed. This is not the case with Gaudete et Exsultate; it is clearly the voice of one bishop, the Bishop … Read More about Gaudete et Exsultate a document for our day

Hell in news is a teaching moment

By Michael Otto | May 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

It is sometimes said of a rare occurrence that Hell would freeze over if that happened. Well, they might have to break out the mittens and scarves in Hades because an extremely rare occurrence has just happened — Hell itself has been in the secular news of late — not … Read More about Hell in news is a teaching moment

That upside down cross

By NZ Catholic Staff | April 27, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Dan Stollenwerk When a very large, bright blue, upside down cross was planted at the entrance to St Peter’s College, Auckland, the overwhelming reaction was positive. The plaque at the base explains the symbol: “This inverted cross represents the martyrdom of St Peter the Apostle. The first among the … Read More about That upside down cross