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Urbanisation and the archdiocese Of Cape Town

 The Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town occupies an area of 30 842 square kms, but almost 90% of the population in this area live in the Cape Metropolitan Area (CMA), 2 159 square kms, or 7% of the geographic area. There is much diversity in population density. The average population density in the diocese is 1 460 people […]

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Sin, Out of Fashion? A Meditation on an Unpopular Word

Sin has a serious effect on our inner happiness and sense of peace. Sin, a Three-fold Effect I have not specialised in the study of Moral Theology, so I wonder why I hear some moral theologians say that we should not use the word “sin” any more. Jesus’ message included the command to turn away […]

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Inculturation Re-visited

Rome Losing Interest? Unlike the late Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict seldom speaks about inculturation. But the fact that he has set up a new Congregation for New Evangelization, with a special Synod due in 2012, indicates that he is taking the postmodern culture seriously, especially in relation to the serious loss of faith […]

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Property- Who does it belong to?

A Brief Survey of the Church’s Social Teachings on Property Ownership, as evident from the Encyclicals since 1891. (Fr Pierre Goldie, June, 2011) The Church supports the principle of private ownership, firmly rejects any socialist solution to poverty and inequalities (thereby rejecting nationalization), but insists it is the moral duty of those with surplus assets […]

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Mission to all six continents

Having focussed largely on Christian mission “to the ends of the earth”, the West is now turning inwards, to its own culture, to revive its flagging faith. Already in 1943, a book suggested that France was a mission field, that its people were largely non-believers and superstitious, and that this could also be applied to […]

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Why a weak Rand can hurt the weak

Many-handed Economists Economists are wont to say “on the one hand this… on the other hand that…”. What they are trying to is to hold different variables in tension with each other, as economics seldom involves only two variables. A weak Rand will boost the profits of the companies which derive income from overseas, as […]

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