Setting the stage for formal dissent from Humanae Vitae

Fifty-four years on from Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of the prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae - On the Regulation of Births, disagreement and outright dissent against this constant teaching of the Church is still raging. Of note is the recent publication…

The problem of sexuality education in Catholic schools

It is a new school year, and parents are once again entrusting their children and young people into the care of teachers for large portions of each day.  Along with reading, writing and arithmetic, schools are required to teach “sexuality”…

Prayer: Day of Reparation for euthanasia

On Sunday 7 November 2021, euthanasia and assisted suicide will become legal in New Zealand. The End of Life Choice Act, 2019 permits terminally ill people who experience "unbearable suffering" to request to die at the hands of a health…

Submission: Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill

The Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill is an omnibus bill that seeks to ban "conversion therapy" and is currently before the Justice select committee. In the bill's explanatory note, the term is explained as including "a broad range of practices that…

Pastoral dilemmas posed by legal euthanasia

In November, the contentious legislation that allows euthanasia and assisted suicide to be sought and provided will come into effect throughout New Zealand. Passed in November 2020, the law permits terminally ill adults, in the name of autonomy, to request…