Category: Wel-com

Children are precious gifts

As our society debates the issues around Section 59 of the Crimes Act and the physical punishment of children, we wish to restate the principles of our 2002 statement on the protection of children, written as our Church faced up to incidents of abuse against children, sometimes in the name of discipline. We learned through this experience that general concern for children is not always enough to protect them from harm.

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Teachers new to Catholic schools


‘school-parish relationships in the missionary context of Aotearoa New Zealand’. Those who gathered enjoyed the experience and in answer to the question, ‘What was of particular interest or value to me?’ made the following observations

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Caritas supports compromise over anti-violence bill

Caritas has come out in support of a ‘third way’ amendment to a controversial parliamentary bill on physical punishment of children that seeks to outlaw most cases of spanking. Scoop reports that Caritas CEO Michael Smith said the Catholic social justice agency was satisfied that the compromise found through cross-party discussion and negotiation met concerns raised by their submission to Parliament.

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Marist youth leaders

In 2007 over 140 students from schools in the National Network of Marist Schools, and beyond, will have benefitted from participation at MaristYouthLeader, a week-long leadership programme for students entering their final year at school. Held in January at St Bede’s College in Christchurch, the programme provides training for student leadership in the context of a Catholic and Marist school.

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Taking my breath

Recently I was reminded that it is not the breaths I take that matter, but what takes my breath. I thought once more of what there is in my life that takes my breath: The fact that the universe is still expanding, A parent’s love for a child, The look of love between a couple celebrating 60 years of marriage,

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Renewing the Church

The readings from the Acts of the Apostles which the Church has given us for the weekdays after Easter have given us an insight into an early Christian community facing many of the same problems the New Zealand Church is beset with today.

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