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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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Expand Abuse Inquiry

Expand Abuse Inquiry

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced, as she had indicated she would during the 2017 election campaign, a Royal Commission into the abuse of children in state care. This will be headed by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. The previous government refused to set up an inquiry. Good as this government’s decision is, as… Continue Reading

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Praying Using Technology?

Praying Using Technology?

Cardinal Robert Sarah (Prefect of the Roman Catholic Congregation for Divine Worship) and I often see things differently. At a recent conference in Rome, celebrating 10 years since Pope Benedict XVI’s loosened restrictions on celebrating Mass in the pre-Vatican II form, Cardinal Sarah attacked using mobile phones and tablets to pray Daily Prayer: Perhaps it… Continue Reading

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Resources for 15th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 15th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may follow the Good Shepherd] pause O God, you shine the light of your truth so that any who stray into error may be able to return to the right path, grant that all who profess the Christian faith may reject whatever is contrary to the name of… Continue Reading

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Rogation Days

Rogation Days

I have written previously that intense prayer, reflection, and action in regard to our relationship with the environment are needed now more than ever. Revival of re-imaged, contemporary, contextual Rogation practices could be part of that. Rogation (from the Latin rogare ‘ask’) is a solemn supplication. Rogation days appear to go back to about the… Continue Reading

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