Category: Egan

Pilgrim holds a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero during beatification Mass May 23 in the Divine Savior of the World square in San Salvador. (CNS photo/Lissette Lemus)

The Martyr’s Progress

By Fr Anthony Egan SJ On March 24, 1980, a great, holy man was martyred. Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, was shot by agents of a right-wing death...

Bishops fill St. Peter's Basilica as Pope Paul VI presides over a meeting of the Second Vatican Council. (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo)

Remodelling the Church

In the song “A New Argentina” from the Lloyd Webber/Rice musical Evita, the generals sing: “We face the world together with no dissent from within.” For many, sympathisers and critics, this may seem the position...

A woman displays the e-book version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on an iPad. To communicate effectively, the Church must make good use of all media, traditional and new. (Photo: Nancy Phelan Wiechec, CNS)

How to communicate well

Sometimes it seems that we never forgave Gutenberg for inventing his printing press! Though the Church has engaged with various forms of public media from the beginning, we have a long way to go. ...

"With regard to the formation of priests (Optatem Totius), the Council called for a revamping of seminary formation.

Ordained ministry renewed

Although it has been seen primarily as a “pastoral” council, Vatican II had a dramatic impact on ordained ministry. It restored the permanent diaconate and it called on the Church to rethink the ministerial...

Learners at Linmeyer Marist College in Johannesburg light candles in their classroom during Lent this year.

Education for freedom

Youth Day on June 16 can all too easily be reduced to just another holiday commemorating yet another figure or group engaged in South Africa’s democratisation. To do this we sell the youth of...