Monthly Archives: March 2012

The face of Anglicanism in Auckland

For as long as I’ve been immersed in and closely following religious issues in New Zealand (and abroad), so back until about 2004, there has been no figure in the Anglican church in New Zealand who has been more visible — and audible — than Glynn Cardy. One might argue that Sir Paul Reeves would trump Rev. Cardy, the head honcho at St Matthews in the City Church in central Auckland, but Sir Paul kept a pretty low profile in … Continue reading

Atheists on the war path again

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that some atheists will go to in order to rid the world of what they see as the pestilence that is organised religion — and, more often than not, Christianity. The latest efforts are another Grade A head-scratcher. As FoxNews reports: HARRISBURG, Pa. –  A national atheist and agnostic group is suing Pennsylvania lawmakers for passing a resolution that declares 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.” MyFOXphilly reports the Freedom From … Continue reading

Back from the wilderness

Sorry for the interruption in service; I’ve made a whirlwind trip back to New Zealand and was off the grid for a few days. It was a little bit liberating, though I did miss my nightly ritual. But, I’m back In fact, I was back on Monday, just in time to record the latest episode of The View from Down Here. Click here to listen to the show, in which we talk about the primary season, the Obamacare Supreme Court … Continue reading

Putting on your Sunday best

I recall a couple of years ago running in the humorous section of NZ Catholic a series of satirical — though with an once of truth — parish bulletin notices. They talked about some of the problems that are encroaching into Sunday Mass celebration, including tardiness, inattention and poor dress. The latter notice included comments along the lines of “contrary to popular belief, there won’t be a pool party during Mass” and “the Britney Spears concert has been cancelled”, alluding … Continue reading

How did I not hear about this?

I like to consider myself someone who stays abreast of stories of importance to religion and religious freedom around the globe, but it was only today that I became aware of a story from six months ago that is one of the most stark examples of political correctness gone mad and religious intolerance I’ve ever read about. This is from the ABC: A California family has been fined for holding weekly Bible studies in their home, meetings that are allegedly in violation … Continue reading

Stop liking milk!

Christian-bashing has almost become a little boring this days, especially when you’re predictable enough to drift into the ultimate bastion of boredom, bashing the Catholic Church. It’s the new black, apparently, but so many people think it’s the new black that it’s becoming the old turquoise. An organisation called the Freedom from Religion Foundation is the latest to wave the anti-Catholic flag and in a forum no less august than the New York Times, one of the most read newspapers … Continue reading

Stealing your heart away

I’ve read — and even reported — stories of holy objects being stolen. Among them was the story of a statue of St John the Baptist being stolen from the foyer of a church in Auckland during Mass. I don’t think it was ever recovered. A story from Ireland certainly tops that one. As the Associated Press reports (via the Stuff website): Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint. Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin … Continue reading

How many friends do you have on Faithbook?

No, I don’t have a speech impediment. And nor am I making fun of people who do have speech impediments. Faithbook is the name of the newest Catholic blog in New Zealand (unless another one has started up in the past week or so). It’s been set up by a group of young Catholics who give us this information on the blog’s About page: We’re a group of young Catholics in New Zealand who share a deep love for Jesus … Continue reading

More anti-Christian nonsense

Stories of Christians suffering small-scale discrimination seem to pop up all the time these days. There are things like the removal of the Ten Commandments in courthouses in the US, the inability of students to pray at graduation ceremonies and a banner having to be removed from a school because it had the words “Our Heavenly Father” and “Amen” on it. The latest story relate to what people can wear when at work. Specifically, it refers to the wearing of … Continue reading

A Twitterific recap

Tonight, I attended Guinness and God here in Canberra. Think Theology on Tap, but for people in the Australian Capital Territory. The speaker was Fr Robert Barron, a well-known priest who has been involved with video projects to help evangelise the secular world. I’ll post more about Fr Barron one day soon, but in the meantime I direct you to my Twitter feed, which I used to share some of the excellent points (in 140 characters or fewer) that he … Continue reading