Opinion

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

Precious religious items in concrete in church

By Michael Otto | July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

It seemed fitting somehow that precious religious items were placed throughout much of the future floor space of the under-construction St Luke’s church in Flat Bush on the feast of St Anthony of Padua.  Auckland auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen made that point as he blessed people at the conclusion of a ceremony at the church on June 13.  He … Read More about Precious religious items in concrete in church