Category: Southern Blogs

NCR ends online comments

NCR ends online comments

Recently the National Catholic Reporter announced that it is ending online comments to its articles because too many are vicious attacks on others who post comments. This follows a similar decision of The Southern...

Bishop Francis and Women

Bishop Francis and Women

It has been nine months plus since Pope Francis was elected. He has made some encouraging statements about women in the Church: that we are needed, that we need to share leadership in the...

A Jesuit Pope Named Francis

A Jesuit Pope Named Francis

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Pope Francis is an extraordinary event in the history of the church. The cardinals could have elected another Latin American,...

Can the Church Move to the Centre?

Can the Church Move to the Centre?

Pope Benedicts decision to resign on 28 February has put the church on the front pages of the media and raised speculation about who the next pope will be and which cardinal has...

Patriarchy

Patriarchy

In his Southern Cross article (19-25 September issue) Cardinal Wilfrid Napier argues that patriarchy is not the source of all evil. Maybe not, but the rule of the fathersmen–...

“Product Identity”

“Product Identity”

What comes to mind when you hear product identity? Most probably it is making sure that Coke or Mercedes Benz or Nandos is clearly identified by the public. This phrase from corporate culture was...

Suicide

Suicide

In the past few months I have been faced, in my pastoral ministry, with three suicides. Just this week I did the funeral of a woman who took her own life after a long...