Tag: editorial

Editorial: saints for our time

May 2014 Opinion Fr James Lyons On 27 April, in the brightness of Easter joy and before one of the largest crowds to gather in St Peter’s Square, two new saints were added to the universal Catholic calendar, both former Bishops of Rome. One was pope for less than five years, the other 27 years

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Editorial: Christians against porn

Opinion December 2013 Cecily McNeill Parents have got it in the neck once again for not supervising the sons who boasted online about having sex with drunk and sometimes underage girls. News that this group of ‘blokes’ has been preying on girls, some of whom have reportedly ‘asked for it’ has captured the wrath of

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Editorial: walking the ecclesial talk

Opinion November 2013 Cecily McNeill The Wellington Church was treated to an unexpected dose of Francis tonic when Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga arrived last month fresh from chairing the pope’s new Council of Eight Cardinals and accompanying Pope Francis to Assisi. Not only did Cardinal Rodriguez give us an extra day by arriving early, but

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Editorial: Voting for the margins

Opinion Cecily McNeill October 2013 Local bodies govern many aspects of our daily lives and this month the country votes for a new set of representatives to make decisions about, for example, the quality of drinking water and whether its use should be measured and further charged for. Water is essential for survival and, in

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Editorial: Are we failing our children?

Opinion Cecily McNeill September 2013 The country’s latest high-profile paedophile conviction shows how hard some children must work to win the confidence of the adults in their lives. Had the first Far North child who complained about James Parker’s abuse been believed, Parker may never have gone on to the more than 300 offences he

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Editorial: Inequality not gospel

Opinion Cecily McNeill August 2013 A new book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, which features on the centre pages of this newspaper, tells of how far and fast the country has moved from honouring the dignity of the person in the interests of the common good. A chilling account of the circumstances in which a

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