November 16, 2017
Te Iwi Maori Katorika search for path ahead
Auckland Maori Catholic are meeting this weekend to look at ways to strengthen mana Maori within the church and plan for the future.
The hui will be facilitated by Danny Karatea Goddard, an advisor to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, historian Peter Lineham from Massey University and Tui Cadigan, the chair of Te Runanga o te haahi Katorika ki Aotearoa.
Sister Cadigan says the church is going through a period of change, with Pope Francis attempting to move a lot of the decision making away from the Vatican towards the people.
She says being Catholic and being Maori are two sides of identity but many younger people haven’t found ways to reconcile the two.
"There is so much access now to engage with that part of themselves, to say I can start with kohanga and work all the way through and the hahi side has not kept pace with that, so this is a time I think for iwi Maori within the whanau of Katorika to pick that up and do something with it," she says.
Te Iwi Maori Katorika hui is being held at Whaiora Marae in Otara today.
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