how and why your your chosen religious movement expresses religion in New Zealand the effect of the way your religion is expressed by your chosen religious movement on New Zealand society the implications for New Zealand society from the way your chosen religious movement expresses religions
the way in which your chosen religious movement has changed its approach to spirituality and/or worship and/or the role of women
Catholicism is one of the popular religions in New Zealand, and presently there are around 508,000 Catholics in New Zealand, which is approximately twelve percent of the whole population. Since the arrival of the first Catholic settlers in the 1820’s, the number of Catholics in New Zealand has been rapidly increasing, and if this trend continues Catholicism will most likely be the biggest faith in the next New Zealand census. There are a diverse range of age and ethnicities represented in the New Zealand Catholic population.
Catholicism is expressed throughout New Zealand through weekly Masses, which they call the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The churches in New Zealand’s cities and towns sustain the historical importance of Catholicism in the country. The Catholic Church in New Zealand is composed of six regions, called dioceses, which are made up of parishes. There are currently 271 Catholic parishes in the 6 dioceses in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Only under a quarter of those who identify themselves Catholic attend Mass at least once a week. The church continues to grow though, as the involvement of laypeople has increased, due to the number of priests, brothers and nuns being declined. Expression of the Catholic religion is...