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Monsignor Gerard Burns is interviewed by Will Warren to complement the Vocations Cycle Tour being undertaken by seminarians from Holy Cross Seminary, Auckland. Topics covered range from why Msgr Burns chose his vocation to the role the Treaty of Waitangi plays in New Zealand society.


"the Synod was not about settling all the issues having to do with the family, but rather attempting to see them in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s tradition and two-thousand-year history" said Pope Francis. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.


Clarity however there is: encouragement, guidelines, reaffirmed teaching, understanding, recognition of complexities, recognition of weaknesses in us all, determination, enthusiasm, appreciation double-folded of the beauty of marriage and family life in the midst not of an abstract ideal but ordinary daily struggles and achievements.Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.


Last week I mentioned to one of the Synod Bishops, rather flippantly, that if I had not already been aware that there was a link between families/marriage and sexuality then I would certainly not have become aware of it from either reading the Synod working paper (Instrumentum Laboris). Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.



22 Oct 2015

We all know the feeling of meeting old friends and revisiting familiar places. Bishop Charles Drennan writes about what it is like to return to a part of the world he is already familiar with. .


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