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Changing Christian Teaching

Changing Christian Teaching

Pope Francis certainly stirred things up last week by changing the teaching in the Roman Catholic Catechism on the death penalty. It is now inadmissible in all situations. Some saw it as a great distraction from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bringing the RC Church into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. [Others had tried different… Continue Reading

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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this marks New Year. It is a time to remember those who have died, particularly in… Continue Reading

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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

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Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Photography composition rules drive worship practice For an ordination to the priesthood, our NZ Prayer Book instructs assisting priests to, with the bishop, lay hands on the candidate. Instead of this, at least three Anglican bishops in New Zealand have the assisting priests lay hands on the bishop instead. The only explanation I have heard… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

On Saturday, there was an article about Pope Francis in our city’s secular press. Again. Nothing too unusual for this Christian leader who has managed to attract the attention even of non-Christians and the often-anti-christian media. But this time, the article was complete with complex Greek and Latin word analysis! And it’s not even a… Continue Reading

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New Missal Translation?

New Missal Translation?

I’m grateful to regular commenter here, Deacon Chris Sullivan, who pointed to the statement from the New Zealand [Roman Catholic] bishops welcoming Pope Francis’ edict on translations of liturgical texts. For those not (fully) up to speed on this, let’s just recap: Liturgiam authenticam was promulgated by the Vatican in 2001. It had a very… Continue Reading

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