Category: Editorials

bigotry

Bigotry: Be the Cure

The year has seen the triumph of fear-based politics: the success of Donald Trump’s hate-based campaign, the Brexit vote, and Turkey’s surrender of civil liberties in the wake of a staged coup attempt. Democratic...

mercy

An Eternal Season of Mercy

In the world today, the definitions and certainties of the human experience are shifting. Family life, sexuality, sacredness of life and so many other areas of our human condition are subject to contestation and...

oilrig

Leave it in the Ground

When pumped or squeezed out of the earth, oil pollutes both the natural and moral environments. Land is blighted by it; governments become corrupted by it; wars are fought over it. Oil is the...

corruption

Cesspool of Corruption

The waves of revelations about the corruption of the government under President Jacob Zuma, and the extent to which the president and those at his side will go to protect themselves, is intolerable. While...

saints

There’s a Saint For Everyone

While it would be an exaggeration to claim that the saints have fallen from the Catholic consciousness, it is fair to say that today the office of sainthood suffers from many prejudices. Most of...

prolife

Responding to Abortion

Twenty years ago this month, parliament voted to pass the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, which legalised abortion in South Africa.   The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice organisation, admiringly called South Africa’s abortion...

vote

Voting the Right Way for the World

When American voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, to elect their new president, their choice will have a profound effect not only on the future of their country but also on...

universities

Healing our Universities

South  Africa is faced with myriad protests, often accompanied by violence. From service delivery protests to the students’ uprising, often accompanied by burning of infrastructure, we are a country that is familiar with anger...

catholic

Catholic: A Time to Stand Up

When in 2012 the satellite TV service DStv ruled out the inclusion of Catholic broadcaster EWTN on its South African bouquet, it exhibited an unequivocal disregard for the local Catholic community. The declaration by...