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What Colour Was Jesus?

At a time when all over the world statues of historical figures are falling, societies face their often painful histories and reconsider how the past — and other neglected histories — should be told....

Firming Up Our Prayer Life

Our need and duty to pray to God, and our endeavours to do his will faithfully, have had many expressions in the history of the Church. Indeed, it began when the earliest Christians met...

Days of Our Fathers

On Father’s Day, celebrated in South Africa on June 21, those who are blessed to have a caring dad will have an opportunity to express their love and appreciation. While Mother’s Day in May...

The Trouble With Booze

Among the more controversial restrictions imposed by the government during Levels 4 and 5 of lockdown was the ban on the sale of alcohol. As with many of its restrictions, the government did a...

Why Lives Matter

In democratic, rights-based societies, security forces are called to protect and serve the people of their countries. When they do so, often at risk to their own lives, they merit our support and commendation....

Stop the Lies

The Eighth Commandment admonishes us not to bear false witness—but the sin of lying is becoming ever-more easy to commit as our access to means of communication increases. When we spread false information on...

Are We Ready to Reopen Churches?

Catholics are longing to be united again in the Mass and to receive the Eucharist. And so the voices for churches to be reopened will grow louder as the stages of lockdown decrease. Indeed,...

Church Must be Political, But Not Biased

The bishops of Germany marked the 75th anniversary of the defeat of the Third Reich with a remarkably frank statement which acknowledged the complicity of their predecessors in various Nazi crimes, in particular their...

A Crack in Everything

We know that the world will not be the same when we emerge from our coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions. Some of these changes will be material. Economies have crashed; businesses we used to patronise...

A New World

  We are currently going through a crisis which is described by some as a “black swan event”: an unexpected, uncommon and widereaching situation that has severe consequences, usually accompanied by claims that they...

The Cardinal Pell Case: Justice and Truth

In all the responses to the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell of charges of sexual abuse by Australia’s High Court, both the cardinal and the president of the Australian bishops’ conference struck the right...