Sunday, August 13, 2006



From Issue 246, August 13-26, 2006 (full text):

Catholic rolls set for slow growth
Wellington — More than 63,000 children are being educated in Catholic
schools, according to the New Zealand Catholic Education Office...

Full contents summary:

New priest ordained for Auckland ... Blessing after flight from violence ...
Auckland priests mark jubilees ... "A huge journey of discovery" ... NZCCSS
wants results, not reports ... Rarely-awarded degree for NZ priest ... Lines
drawn in PGD debate ... PN diocese to host talks on environment ... Bible
Society appoints new CEO ... Second arson at Southland marae ...
Christchurch bishop takes pastoral plan to the parishes ... Bishops lodge
BSA appeal ... Aquinas students find much to be thankful for in Fiji ...
Catholic school rolls set for slow growth ... Varied seminars for convention
... St Pat's new rector moving from Auckland ... "Fr Con" a man of the land
... Two-fold celebration ... Hibernians meet ... ERO File

Pastoral planning conference was an unqualified success ... Many modes of
papal progress ... Franciscans give award to Marriage Encounter ... WUCWO
told about NZ women of peace ... President from south ... Knight from Nelson
in supreme office ... Involvement of military a challenge for Caritas

Vince Smith: It's never too late to consider ordination to the priesthood
... Ronald Rolheiser: The sacredness of work ... Others Say ... Editorial:
Secular world no match for priesthood ... Malcolm Evans ... Letters

Commission to review status of Medjugorje ... Scholars celebrate finding of
precious book in bog ... Official resigns after "ordination" ... The Pope:
Don't be silent about the faith ... Official champions kneeling ...
"Control" of liturgy predicted ... US and EU blamed for trade impasse ...
Stem-cell funding called macabre ... Feast days changed ... Continued calls
for cessation of violence ... Altar servers "already are apostles" ... Swiss
shepherds gather ... Ordination "invalid ritual" ... Bishops discuss
translation ... Bishop: Catholics fleeing Iraq ... Damage interrupts
Catholic broadcast ... In Brief

Young Adults, Books, Monitor, Clips, Net Scene, Tape Deck, Papal Prayer,
Scripture, Feasts, The Doolans, Family Talk, Caption Contest, Who Said?, 40
Years Ago, Dio. Diary, Cryptic Crossword, Photo Prayer, That Word!, Holy
Lives, Kit's Corner, Wit's End.

Pilgrimages. Mahitahi Catholic Overseas Volunteers.



Orphanage abuse claim rejected,2106,3762930a12855,00.html
A woman who sued Catholic nuns for $550,000 claiming they were negligent in
caring for her and thus caused her physical and emotional abuse has lost her
case. In the High Court at Wellington, Justice Marion Frater has rejected
claims that the woman, whose name is suppressed, was sexually abused by a
priest while at St Joseph's Orphanage Upper Hutt. [This article is not
avaialable on the newspaper's free Website. It can be read at public
libraries and via the libraries' free 'Newztext' service for borrowers]

College opens new centre,2106,3762070a6554,00.html
An Ecuadorian national hero is remembered in a new $1.4 million building at
New Plymouth's Francis Douglas Memorial College. The school's Saint Miguel
Design and Technology Centre was officially opened yesterday, six years
after planning began.

Principal rings warning bell over proposed curriculum,2106,3760654a6497,00.htm/
A school principal is worried the government's proposed curriculum is going
to put pressure on schools. St Mark's Catholic School principal Catherine
Rivers says if the draft curriculum, released last week for consultation, is
adopted the government needs to provide more funds...

Girl's recovery key to a nun's canonisation
Sophie Delezio's mother, New Zealander Carolyn Martin, has met a
Catholic authority to discuss whether the girl's recovery can be deemed a
miracle in the eyes of the church.

Jurors 'need warning' on trials of fighting old sex claims,2106,3757555a6530,00.html
New Zealand juries should get clear warnings about the difficulties
defending historical sex allegations to ensure fair trials, says a new
review paper. New Zealand's justice system has faced scrutiny after an
Australian Federal Court overturned extradition orders on two Catholic
clergymen facing historical sex charges on the grounds that they would face
"unjust and oppressive" trials in New Zealand...



New Zealand's national Catholic newspaper, NZ Catholic, has launched a blog
(an on-line journal) in conjunction with a group of seven "20-something Kiwi
Catholics." NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham says the site is
designed to initiate and foster constructive conversation with a Catholic
flavour. The blog has already attracted a number of "frank" posts including
one on the meaning of "dissent" in the church.



New Zealand Catholic Web TV, presenting Catholic life in New Zealand through
videotaped interviews.

New this week: "They call me Mr Boddington"
Meet Aaron Boddington, Maria's husband who has started his own business ...
find out about the issues facing the young couple.


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (Regularly updated)


ALL THINGS CATHOLIC (formerly: 'The Word from Rome').
A weekly column by John R. Allen

This week:
The pope's Sch├╝lerkreis takes on 'Creation and Evolution'; Auxiliary bishop
consecrated for Baghdad; The incoming Vatican secretary of state; Cardinal
Willebrands: pioneer of ecumenism



New Zealand Catholic Education Convention 2006
Wellington Convention Centre, 31 August - 2 September 2006

Theme: Radiating hope, challenging our times

Full details on the Website.



[Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised in the
Education Gazette: ]

[Vacancies in Catholic Youth Ministry are advertised on the Job Bank page of
the National Council for Young Catholics: ]

Accounts and Database Manager, 'NZ Catholic' newspaper
Details in 'NZ Catholic' August 13-26 2006 p.22, and from The Managing
Editor, NZ Catholic, PO Box 147-000, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144; e-mail:

Director, National Centre for Religious Studies
Details in 'NZ Catholic' August 13-26 2006 p.22, 'Wel-com' August 2006 p.7,
and from Mike Hurdle, Micah Partners, tel 04 499 4749; fax: 04 499 7375;
e-mail:; PO Box 499, Wellington. Applications
close Friday 1 September 2006.

Professional Counsellor/Social Worker, Catholic Social Services, Wellington
Details in 'Wel-com' August 2006 p.4, and from Barbara Gilray, Catholic
Social Services, 150 Brougham Street, PO Box 9408, Wellington 6031. Ph:
04-385 8642 Fax: 04-385 8640 E-maiI: catholic.reception@clear.netnz
Applications close Friday 1 September 2006.

Mahitahi: Catholic Overseas Volunteers
ESOL Teacher, Chanel College, Vava'u, Tonga
Builder, Makira Province, Solomon Islands
Builder, Diocese of Aitape, PNG
Business Manager, Catholic Teachers' College, Baucau, East Timor
Details in 'NZ Catholic' August 13-26 2006 p.14, and from Chanel Centre, PO
Box 4353 Hamilton East. Phone +64 7 8554699. Email:

Parish Promoters, 'NZ Catholic' Newspaper
Details in 'NZ Catholic' August 13-26 2006 p.8, and from Dennis Augustine,
PO Box 147-000, Ponsonby, Auckland 1034; tel. (09) 360-3049; fax (09)
360-3065; e-mail: