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NZ Catholic bishops to look closely at new Vatican abuse guide

By Lyndsay Freer / July 23, 2020
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23 July 2020 New Zealand’s Catholic bishops will closely review a new Vatican guide on dealing with sexual abuse by priests to see how it matches their existing rules on handling such abuse. Last week, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Vademecum (“Handbook”) a 17-page step-by-step-guide to help bishops and other Church religious administrators handle accusations of abuse by clerics against minors. Complaints of abuse in the New Zealand Catholic Church are handled under the A Path to Healing, Te Houhanga Rongo protocols, introduced by the bishops in 1993 and updated several times since. The Church urges victims of abuse past and present to complain to the Police or, if victims prefer, to the Church’s National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS), which can appoint independent investigators to examine complaints. Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, said he and his …
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Justice & Peace Commission of Auckland Diocese finds 2020 Budget encouraging, but with some omissions

By Lyndsay Freer / May 14, 2020
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Akl Catholic Justice Peace Commission media release on 2020 Budget

New CEO of Catholic Education Office

By Lyndsay Freer / May 5, 2020
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NEWS RELEASE 1 May 2020 Dr Kevin Shore has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the NZ Catholic Education Office, replacing Mr Paul Ferris QSM, who is retiring at a date to be set later this year. Dr Shore will be Chief Executive of both NZCEO and the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS). Dr Shore is currently the Principal of St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, and previously Principal of Cullinane College, Whanganui. He has a Doctorate of Education, a Masters in Educational Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Education; and an NZ Civil Engineering Certificate (from a previous life!). His leadership has been in both state and state integrated schools over the past 25 years. Following his doctorate, he has been published in a number of professional journals as he focused on growing leadership in our schools. Dr Shore has a strong commitment to te …
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Bishops deeply disappointed at new law’s disregard for rights of unborn

By Lyndsay Freer / March 19, 2020
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 19 March 2020  The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are deeply disappointed that the New Zealand Parliament last night passed the Abortion Legislation Bill by a margin of 68 to 51. “This Bill totally ignores the fact that there are always at least two human lives involved in every pregnancy,” said a spokesperson for the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, Ms Cynthia Piper. “There is no longer any recognition of the rights of the unborn child in this new law,” said Ms Piper, a lecturer for the Church’s Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute, speaking on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic bishops. “That is a travesty of human rights. To hold that the fetus is not a legal person ignores the reality that a genetically unique human life has begun which is neither that of the mother or the father. That the law fails to recognise this does not change what is …
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Bishop Dunn says parishioners being contacted after Covid-19 diagnosis at St Mary’s Papakura

By Lyndsay Freer / March 14, 2020
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The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn was advised today that a parishioner at St Mary’s Church in Papakura has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus, some days after attending the 8.30am Mass last Sunday. “The parishioner appeared well at Mass and showed no symptoms of any illness,” Bishop Dunn said. “The person became ill during the week.”  Bishop Dunn said the parish was contacting parishioners, especially those who attended the same Mass as the person, older parishioners and those whose health might not be the best were being contacted. “I am advised by health experts that the risk to others at that Mass of contracting Covid-19 is low,” Bishop Dunn said. “This is because the risk of Covid-19 being passed on by someone not showing symptoms is regarded as low. “The wellbeing of our parishioners is our first priority, which is why we started to contact them as …
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URGENT UPDATE ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) TO CATHOLIC DIOCESES & PARISHES

By Lyndsay Freer / March 13, 2020
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FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020 URGENT UPDATE issued by the NZ Catholic Bishops under the advice of Fr John O’Connor, Acting Director, National Liturgy Office. Tēnā koutou katoa friends The National Liturgy Office and NZ Catholic Bishops have received important new advice today from the Ministry of Health. This advice specifically says we should desist with “the sharing of communion cups and shared holy water, and hand shaking.” Having received this, we are now updating our previous advice on these matters. We now ask that: At the Sign of Peace, people should avoid shaking hands or other contact with one another, and instead smile, nod or bow to one another. Holy Communion is not to be distributed from the chalice. Communion is only to be distributed in the hand, not on the tongue. • Holy water is to be removed from stoups and containers at the church door. Priests should not …
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New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations reflects on the tragedy of 15 March in Christchurch last year

By Lyndsay Freer / March 13, 2020
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12th March 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Aotearoa New Zealand, At this time in particular we feel the powerful call to be people of peace. This beautiful concept is foundational in all religions, and in our shared Abrahamic tradition it is richly expressed through words such as Salaam and Shalom. If we allow it, the call to peace crosses all divides and draws not only our thoughts and actions towards non-violence, but also our hearts and prayers towards God. It is at such times as this that as people of faith we particularly consider what it means to be people of God. We are conscious that our Muslim brothers and sisters are asking us to pray, and especially to pray for peace this March. They do not ask that we pray for those they believe have no need of our prayers – such as those who have already gone …
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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 12 March 2020 

By Lyndsay Freer / March 13, 2020
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Guidance to dioceses and parishes, issued by the NZ Catholic Bishops under the advice of Fr John O’Connor Acting Director, National Liturgy Office.  Tēnā koutou katoa friends, The National Liturgy Office and NZ Catholic Bishops continue to monitor the situation with health professionals at the Ministry of Health, who advise us that there is still no need for change to our liturgy practices, because the virus is so far not being transmitted in the community. We are in daily contact with the Ministry on the situation as it specifically relates to matters of Mass practice. Dioceses and parishes may, however, introduce changes as they see fit, which is appropriate at this time. It is important they can respond to the concerns and needs of their communities. It is increasingly evident that there is a significant degree of fear among some parishioners, and it is essential that the Church is a …
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