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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Hell

Is it a place of fire and brimstone, or wailing and gnashing of teeth? Is it a place that is simply an absence of God? Whatever the reality, the Catholic Church continues to hold to the idea of a place called Hell. What is the Church’s understanding of Hell? Has it changed over the years? How does a loving God allow people to end up in Hell? Bishop Patrick talks with Gavin about those questions in the latest episode of 15 Minutes with the Bishop.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Augustine and Monica

Over the next two days, the Catholic Church honours a couple of great figures in Christian history: St Augustine and his mother, St Monica. St Augustine is often seen as a bit of a prodigal son — someone who strayed but then returned to the Faith. As Bishop Patrick points out in this week’s episode of 15 Minutes with the Bishop, how far Augustine strayed might be at question, but his mark on the early Church is not in dispute. Neither is the faith of his mother, who prayed constantly for her son’s conversion back to the religion she tried to pass on to him.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Family

July 26 is the Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the couple traditionally understood to be the parents of the Virgin Mary. In this week’s episode of 15 Minutes of the Bishop, Bishop Patrick Dunn and Gavin start with a brief discussion on these two saints of the Church, but quickly move on to the Catholic understanding of the family, including the role of parents as providers and as educators for their children.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: New Mass translation

Last month, some parishes in Australia started to introduce the new English translation of the Mass. New Zealand was several months ahead, introducing the people’s parts of the new translation last November. Bishop Patrick Dunn talks about the implementation of the new translation, how it’s been received and when we should expect to hear some of the other parts of the translation. He also talks with Gavin about the decision to return to the use of the “old” Our Father for Masses in New Zealand.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Confirmation

The post-Pentecost season — and even during Eastertide — seems to be the time for parishes to welcome bishops into their midst for Confirmation Masses. In this week’s episode, Bishop Patrick Dunn talks with Gavin about the sacrament of Confirmation. What does it signify? How do we decide the right age for Confirmation? Is there basis for Confirmation in Scripture? Those questions and more are answered in 15 Minutes with the Bishop.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Office of Bishop

In Palmerston North tomorrow (June 11), Msgr Charles Drennan will be ordained Coadjutor Bishop of Palmerston North. In this episode of 15 Minutes with the Bishop, Bishop Patrick Dunn talks to Gavin about the office of bishop. What are the bishop’s roles? What can he do that a priest can’t? What is a “coadjutor” bishop? Bishop Patrick answers those questions and more in this week’s episode.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Ascension and Pentecost

Here we are on the eve of two of the great feasts in the Church’s liturgical year: Ascension and Pentecost. Bishop Patrick Dunn talks with Gavin this week about those feasts, what they celebrate and their importance to the life of the Church in the first century and still today.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Permanent diaconate

In this week’s episode, Bishop Patrick Dunn and Gavin talk about the permanent diaconate, a ministry in the Church and part of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The diaconate has its roots in Scripture, but has not been in constant use. It has experienced a resurgence in the past 40 years, including in New Zealand.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Marriage

“Marriage” has been a word on people’s lips in recent weeks with the wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine. In this week’s episode of 15 Minutes with the Bishop, Bishop Patrick Dunn talks about the very Christian marriage ceremony the royals had, as well as the Catholic understanding of marriage. He also explains why the Catholic Church places such an importance on marriage as a sacrament.

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15 Minutes with the Bishop: Celibacy

In this week’s episode of 15 Minutes with the Bishop, Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland talks with Icon Media’s Gavin Abraham about the origins of priestly celibacy, the tradition of it in the Catholic Church and its practice today. New episodes of this new show are uploaded every Friday.

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