Sunday, April 18, 2010



Masses being held for New Zealand Catholic Polish Communities (April 16, 2010)

Polish Catholic communities in New Zealand are among those grieving for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and their fellow travellers who died in a plane crash on Saturday on their way to commemorate and mourn the deaths of thousands of Polish people who were executed in the Katyn forest in 1940...



** News **
Wellington Archbishop apologises
Catholic agencies condemn new welfare policies
Parishes invited to apply for helping project funds

** World News **
Timor-Leste turns 10 as it struggles against poverty
Papuan justice worker tells of undermining of rights
West Papuan priest risks life to speak of oppression

** Columns **
Guest Editorial: In praise of prophets, by Fr Jim Consedine
Archbishop's column: Easter 2010 - beauty and truth, by Archbishop John Dew
Editorial: suffering and hope in Lent
Commissioner for Children consults in Wilton
Five days plus 48 teenagers equals a whole lot of fun!
Hutt students win new regional writing competition

** Features **
Year of the Priest: one priest - too many roles
Spiritual respite in painting for a hospital chaplain
Conflict with compassion - a gospel-imagined response

** Wellington **
Convent Old Girls celebrate 75 years on the court

** Palmerston North **
Youth internship programme
Emmaus House for young adults
Hawke's Bay youth parliamentarian

** Reflect **
Second Sunday of Easter Year C : John 20:19-31, by Veronica Mary Lawson RSM



Mayor claims he was 'crucified at Easter'
North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams is facing fresh criticism after comparing himself to Jesus on the cross.

Tribute to Irish forebears (photos)
About 40 descendants of early Fruitlands settlers Patrick and Mary McGettigan will gather in the area this weekend for a reunion.

Polish community mourns loss of nation's elite
Poland's staunch Catholic faith would help it through the dark days of mourning for the deaths of President Lech Kaczynski and scores of the country's elite in last weekend's aircraft crash, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, the Most Rev Colin Campbell, said at last night's commemorative Mass.

Drama played outdoors (photo)
Franklin County News
Pukekohe's first outdoor theatre, the Passion Drama, was a big success with over 1000 people going to see the performance at St Joseph's School recently.

Indignation at review of brothel bylaw
Plans by the Queenstown Lakes District Council to review its brothel control bylaw sparked an indignant response from opponents yesterday.

Celebrating 50 years (photo)
Upper Hutt Leader
Jimmy and Maureen McCarthy were married at the Taupo Catholic Church in February 1960.

School could stay put
A Labour MP has written to the Auckland Transition Agency asking it to review the decision to shift Mt Roskill's Monte Cecilia School from its present site.


Radio NZ. 'Nine to Noon'.
10:10 Feature Guest - Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson is a US lawyer representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy who says he has uncovered documents implicating the Pope in the cover up of sexual abuse by a Wisconsin priest.

Predator priests shuffled around globe
[This long article contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. I have included it here because of the section about Alan Woodcock, a former priest of the Society of Mary at St Patrick's College, Silverstream. It also has a rare example of an old clerical in-joke, "the geographical cure" - ML]

Editorial: Catholic Church must confess its sins

Editorial: Opportunity lost

Humility and honesty earn respect
Lance Bardwell is a communicant member of the Catholic Church in Dunedin who has not lost faith in Jesus but is losing trust in the Papacy. Lance Bardwell has written to the Pope. He shares the content of his letter with the Otago Daily Times.



** Being a priest **
Sr Stephanie talks to Fr Patrick Bridgeman, her parish priest.

** Good Advice **
John 21:1-19 : a reading and discussion with Sr Marcellin Wilson and Sr Stephanie Kitching.



** Station XV **
Episode 31 - Abuse, apologies and another round

It's not a pleasant topic to cover, but we'd be remiss in leaving it out this month. So we deal in detail with the growing abuse scandal in Europe and the attacks on the Pope, the Waihopai Three spybase destroyers and their "not guilty" verdict, the terrible case of a woman starving herself to death, and the pubs in Ireland opening on Good Friday...for a football match! Follow us at or .

** Catechiwi **
Poverty, Chastity and Obedience

They're the evangelical counsels - better known today as the religious vows. For centuries, religious priests, brothers and sisters have been adhering to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. But, as Fr Bernie Thomas, OFM, explains, those principles provide a blueprint for living for all people. Gavin Abraham talks to Fr Bernie about how living the counsels has changed over the centuries, but in many ways stayed the same.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Physical Littleness and Mental Littleness (on reading Archbishop Fulton Sheen's 'The Eternal Galilean'
** Are you having a laugh? (natural family planning vs contraception)
** The hour is getting late (a poem on the media criticism of Pope Benedict)
** Broken bits and bytes (on being deprived of broadband)
** Divine Mercy



Living the Word - Fr Frank Bird sm

Reflect - Veronica Lawson RSM

Daily Reflections (right-hand column)


ALL THINGS CATHOLIC, by John L. Allen, Jr.

Can a teaching pope get his house in order?
Pope Benedict, five years into his pontificate

Some years ago, after a speech he delivered in Paris drew a bit of negative reaction, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told friends he wasn't worried. "I'm like the cellist Rostropovich," he joked. "I never read the critics." That's a policy Benedict XVI might want to preserve over the next few days, marking both his 83rd birthday today and the five-year anniversary of his papacy on Monday after a brief weekend stop in Malta. Especially in light of recent events, even the best reviews the pope's likely to draw as these milestones roll by seem certain to be mixed.



Bishop Pat Dunn's diary

Catholic Discipleship College

'The Fifteenth Station'

Hato Hohepa / St Joseph's Maori Girls' College

Youth for Family and Life (YFL) New Zealand


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (video) (news of Pope Benedict - video)



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

[Vacancies for Catholic youth workers are advertised on the Vacancies page of ]

Turanga Maori Advisor, Archdiocese of Wellington
Details in 'Wel-com' April 2010 p.6, and from Lorraine McArthur, Director,
Archdiocesan Pastoral Services, tel: (04) 496 1706; e-mail: Applications close 19 April 2010

Managing Editor, 'NZ Catholic'
Details in 'NZ Catholic' no. 338, April 11 - 24 2010 p.22 and from ; tel: (09) 360-3002