13J – Current Religious Issues

Exploring the Catholic Church’s particular teachings on various social issues.

  1. The Changing Role of Women

    Woman have a significant presence in the Bible.

    The Second Vatican Council encouraged all the baptised to participate in the life of the Church in new ways.

    Women disciples: Women in the Bible and the readings used in church.

    Women in ancient Christianity. The important place of women in early Christianity.

    Courageous women of the New Testament offer role models for today’s Christian women, who are compelled by Jesus and his teachings to be transformed and to transform the world.

  2. Media

    We live in a world full of media that influences all aspects of our lives.

    The Catholic Church has a well established teaching on the use of artificial contraception. In April 2000, the Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn spoke to a reporter.

  3. Poverty and Wealth

    The world has plenty of resources but they are not shared equally.

    Poverty statistics

    Who are the poor? Is there poverty in New Zealand.

    • Facts about poverty from the New Zealand Council of Christian Social services.
    • This site provides a wealth of statistics by country, issue.

    Actions Against Poverty

    Practical ways to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

    • Make poverty history. The Movement to eliminate poverty.
    • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s  current work in exploring why people are poor while taking measures to support those in poverty and hunger through responding to the call of Jesus.
    • Every 8 seconds a child in the developing world will die from a disease caused by unsafe water. WaterAid works to bring clean water and sanitation to the poor of the world.
    • Other ways of working when a country adopts a shorter working week, and a two-shift workplace, it will be better off.
  4. Creation:The Christian Response

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

    In a scientific world how do we read the Biblical story of Creation and make sense of it? By understanding why Genesis was written and what it truely means to be stewards of the earth.

    This  video introduces the official view of the Catholic Church in response to the issue of creation and evolution.  This article explains what Catholics believe about creation and how the Church views creationism and intelligent design.

    The Earth Charter initiative, supported by many Catholic organizations, seeks to establish a sound ethical foundation for the emerging global society.