Category: Wel-com

Mary Grace and Hope in Christ

Fr Rodney Smyth sm of Blenheim has been following the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission which has been meeting over the past 35 years and has found their reflections and statements to be of real quality. ARCIC’s latest document

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Interchurch families and baptism

When interchurch couples are preparing for marriage, the Roman Catholic partner is required to make the following promise:
ÖI sincerely undertake that I will do all that I can within the unity of our partnership to have all the children of our marria

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Creed and credibility in a critical age

‘It seemed Pope John Paul II was challenging us to refocus our thinking and our teaching. If not, why did he keep coming back to the same point?’
The Challenge of John Paul II was
‘to look more deeply at the human being, whom Christ has saved i

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The kingdom of God is between us, not above or in us

In the philosophical environment in which we live there is a conflict not between morality and immorality but between two competing moralities.
Dr John Owens, who is a priest of the Society of Mary and lectures in philosophy at Good Shepherd College

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The many dimensions of credibility

The Church is most credible when it is a listening church, engaging in dialogue and allowing society to see the face of Jesus.
The bishops’ conference secretary, Anne Dickinson, told the colloquium this was evident in the work of the Sisters of Com

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Bio-ethics and a truly human society

The idea of producing ‘perfect’ children through genetic modification or being able to demand that an elderly person who is no longer seen as productive in society be helped to die is appalling, says Dr Anna Holmes.
Dr Holmes has worked as a medical

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Sexuality in global perspective

The question of why so few young Catholics show a vibrant faith life once they leave school is rooted in an overwhelming focus on individual rather than collective morality.
Dr Neil Vaney sm who teaches moral theology at the National Theological Coll

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The Treaty of Waitangi – a great taonga

Archdiocesan pastoral ministry adviser, Sr Pesio Iosefo SMSM, gave the following talk to the Good Shepherd parish, Balmoral, Auckland at the end of Social Justice Week, Sunday 18 September. She has called her talk: ‘how I understand the Treaty relationshi

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Changing behaviour to control a killer

Irish missionary, Sr Miriam Duggan, told a gathering in Sacred Heart Cathedral last month of how a behaviour change programme based on abstinence has turned the fortunes of AIDS victims in Uganda.
About 80 people turned out in Wellington on 26 Septem

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