Looking beyond the slogans of parties

By Michael Otto | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, the first sentence, concerning “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age” is much-quoted. The second sentence says that “nothing genuinely human fails to raise … Read More about Looking beyond the slogans of parties

The Practice of Holy Ecology

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

By NEIL VANEY  Start at the very beginning  Psychologists tell us that, if you want to become a more loving person, you start by carrying out works of love. Likewise, if you are open to “ecological conversion”, the best place to start is in your own backyard. Planting a garden, learning to compost, putting a … Read More about The Practice of Holy Ecology

Jeremiah and the lockdown

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

by CAMERON SURREY  Can you remember where you were on March 19, 2020? That was the day our nation closed its borders and limited public gatherings to 100. That was the day it hit home for me – we are about to enter a full nationwide lockdown.   I remember the feeling as I drove home from work that … Read More about Jeremiah and the lockdown

Lessons from Covid-19 About Euthanasia

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

by MARIA KENNEDY  Covid-19 is teaching us that you can’t always do what you want in our wonderful yet dangerous world. The right of the individual to go about their daily business has been curtailed. This is caused, not just by a deadly virus, but also by a society that says, for the sake of the greater good, the individual has to do … Read More about Lessons from Covid-19 About Euthanasia

False compassion

By Michael Otto | September 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

On October 17, New Zealanders once more take part in a general election. As has happened before in many previous general elections, many a political pundit will say that this is the most important election for a generation, or indeed in this country’s history.  This time they may be right, and not … Read More about False compassion

A metaphor for life

By NZ Catholic contributor | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

By NEIL BROOM  Most of us will have indulged in that slightly obsessive bathroom activity of struggling to squeeze that very last vestige of toothpaste from its tube.  I have re-imagined this as a crude, but apt, metaphor for a commonly held view of life. It is one declaring that this life is all there is! From birth to a person’s eventual death, it is the sum total of each human’s existence, there is nothing more!    The practical implications arising … Read More about A metaphor for life