Category: Goldie

Inculturation Re-visited

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...

Property- Who does it belong to?

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...

Mission to all six continents

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...

Why a weak Rand can hurt the weak

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...

African Ancestor Beliefs and the Catholic Communion of Saints: Concord or Conflict?

African Ancestor Beliefs and the Catholic Communion of Saints: Concord or Conflict?

Most if not all Black Catholics within the Archdiocese of Cape Town (ACT), South Africa, pray to their ancestors. Is this acceptable in terms of our faith? Does it amount to idolatry as some...

Crime in South Africa: The Other Side of the Equation

Crime in South Africa: The Other Side of the Equation

We are accustomed to reading about crime every day, lamenting about it and criticising the police, security companies, and government, of course. But do we ever ask Why is there so much crime, what...

Reflections on the Economic Agenda of “Caritas in Veritate”

Reflections on the Economic Agenda of “Caritas in Veritate”

REFLECTIONS ON THE ECONOMIC AGENDA OF “CARITAS IN VERITATE”, POPE BENEDICT XVI’s NEW ENCYCLICAL LETTER (2009) Developing nations owe between $ 2 000 billion and $ 3 000 billion. This compares with expenditure in...

THE END OF CAPITALISM?

THE END OF CAPITALISM?

What the Church has to say about Centrally planned Economies, Regulation and the Principle of Subsidiarity in Catholic Social Teaching Protesters At a recent meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), there were the...