Sunday, June 27, 2010



Fresh hope for infertile women
Groundbreaking fertility treatment may soon be cleared for use in New Zealand.
Cabinet is expected to make a decision soon on whether to allow women wanting a baby to use donor eggs as well as donor sperm.

Burglars stoop to new low at church
Northern Advocate - A001 - 26 June 2010
Thieves have stooped to a new low by breaking into a church and stealing sacred vessels. Now the parishioners of Kerikeri's Catholic church are appealing for the return of the stolen property, saying it is worth little in monetary terms but has huge sentimental and religious value.

Former Franklin TC president passes away (photo)
Harness racing in New Zealand lost one of its most genuine, generous and well respected men with the sudden passing of Patrick John Hanna last week (June 15) in Auckland. He was 70.

What not to wear - a fundraiser
Taupo Times
To raise funds so a group of St Patrick's Catholic School children can go up the mountain this winter, stylist Lisa O'Neill from the Good Morning Show is to speak in Taupo.

Rules needed over church donations
The fact there are no rules over giving money to churches is becoming a problem according to an expert on religion. The issue of tithing has come to light after a case in Napier where a pastor took $20,000 in donations from a man who could not afford it.

Councillors make last-ditch appeal to save school land (photos)
A group of Auckland City councillors have put out a last-ditch effort to save Monte Cecilia School in Hillsborough.

GP concerned despite drop in abortions
Abortion numbers in Nelson and Tasman have dropped to their lowest point for five years, but a Nelson GP is calling for more choices and support for women who have crisis or unwanted pregnancies.



** Volunteering for a change **
Young Vinnies in action at St Mary's College, Wellington

** Endings bring beginnings **
Suzanne O'Rourke, of , on crisis pregnancy services in New Zealand

** The Hard Road **
Luke 9: 51-62 - a reading and commentary by Sr Stephanie Kitching.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** A great boost for women in Australia? Or not? (on Julia Gillard)
** 'Hmm.Barney's movie had heart, but ...' (the Vatican's 'top' films)
** Selfish Reasons to have more Kids
** The Catholic Bart Simpson (Bart and the Sign of the Cross before meals)
** TENpercent (tithing and the "prosperity gospel")
** The veneer of civility (censorship in the US media)
** Goodbye everyone (another blogger departs)



Living the Word - Fr Frank Bird sm

Reflect - Veronica Lawson rsm

Daily Reflections (right-hand column)


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

A global case for good government in the church

Especially in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, many Catholics in Europe and the States have come to see the push for good government in the church, featuring greater accountability and transparency, in roughly the same way that Catholics in the late 1960s saw aggiornamento -- something obviously to be desired, even if no two people define it quite the same way. In a speech in Philadelphia on Thursday for the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, I suggested that a quick look around the Catholic map suggests the global case for good church governance is actually quite strong. I laid the argument out in a premise, two observations, and a thesis, which I'll summarize here...



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

SMNZ Marists - the Society of Mary in New Zealand

The Way: youth group of Waiwhetu Parish, Lower Hutt

St Patrick's College, Wellington

John Paul College, Rotorua


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



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