Key bishops’ document Te Kahu o te Ora: A Consistent Ethic of Life now also a flip book

The landmark bishops' teaching document Te Kahu o te Ora: A Consistent Ethic of Life is now available online as an easy-to-read flip book.

The flip book is in addition to the PDF and printed copies made available when the document was published on 26 September. The flip book is available directly from a button on the NZCBC home page.

Te Kahu o te Ora is a revised and much-expanded version of a 1997 bishops' statement and reminds us that all life is a gift from God.

NZCBC President and Bishop of Auckland Bishop Stephen Lowe says the bishops want every Catholic to read Te Kahu o te Ora: “We are confident that reflecting on the document will foster hope-filled conversations that will lead to attitudinal change and positive action towards a better world in which all life is consistently treasured and protected.”

The flip-book version of Te Kahu o Te Ora is online here.

The PDF version is here.

A statement setting out the background and importance of the document is here.

Te Kahu o Te Ora contains a succinct overview of eight key moral areas such as beginning and end-of-life issues, including a new section on information technology and artificial intelligence.

It is already becoming an important resource for classrooms, school boards, marriage preparation, and parish groups such as Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The reference to “kahu” in the title is a rich image in tikanga Māori. Kahu can refer to a cape or garment, but it can also refer to the protective amniotic sac membrane that surrounds the embryo, then fetus, before birth – the first garment that each of us is gifted with in the womb.

Below: Look for the button on the NZCBC home page.