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In time we would also like to form links with our colleagues in neighbouring Pacific nations.
The inaugural meeting is being held in Auckland on the 25th of May and will include the celebration of Mass, the opportunity for reconciliation and an opening blessing from Bishop Patrick Dunn.
Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ō Aotearoa is the national Māori advisory group appointed by the bishops.
If unity in Christ is to be restored, then the obstacles to that unity need to be overcome, whether they are obstacles in faith or order, or sometimes simply social, political and even ethnic factors.” The Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism supports the bishops by fostering prayer for Christian unity, promoting understanding of ecumenism, and encouraging ecumenical activities.
In 1988, Pā Max Takuira Māriu SM DD CNZM was ordained bishop, fulfilling a long held desire of Māori and the whole Catholic people for a Māori bishop.
When Bishop Māriu died in 2005 at the age of 53 his loss was felt deeply by Māori and the wider Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, iwi, hapu, whānau and by the other bishops.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) established the Committee for Interfaith Relations to assist them in their interfaith work.
The Committee is responsible to the NZCBC Commission for the Church in Society and looks to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) for leadership in the field of interfaith relations.
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“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues arising from scientific advances, especially in biology and medicine.