Author: Editor

A Truth Commission Is Needed

  Some Church leaders still find it difficult to acknowledge that the greater scandal in the distressing history of clerical abuse is the cover-ups and failure of diligence among bishops, the Vatican and other...

In Crisis, Keep Hope

As Catholics are hit by wave after wave of old and new abuse scandals, many people are facing a crisis of faith: How can all this evil be reconciled with the Good News of...

God Alone Must Judge

The Catholic Church’s immutable belief in the sanctity of life found renewed expression this month when Pope Francis amended the Catechism to declare capital punishment “morally inadmissible”.

A New Scandal

In recent weeks, religious Sisters from a congregation in Chile told national television their stories of abuse by priests and other nuns — and how those in authority knew but failed to protect them. In India, a nun filed a formal charge against a bishop whom she accused of having raped her.

How We Should Mark Woman’s Day

While it is indeed commendable for men to show appreciation for women — preferably also on the other 364 days in the year — the commercialisation of Women’s Day as a glorified Mothers’ Day is an unwelcome subversion of the meaning of this public holiday.

Mandela at 100

  Most people regard Mr Nelson Mandela as one of the great peacemakers in modern times — one who led a peaceful revolution — and hail him as one of the few politicians of...

The Great Commandment

Pope Francis reassured some people and confused others when he reportedly told a young homosexual man that “God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care”.

A Proud History of Catholic Education

As the Church in South Africa celebrates the 200th anniversary of its establishment, it is a good time to pay tribute to the remarkable history and ongoing contribution of Catholic education in this country.

Race and Our Future

On reading the headline, some readers might have decided not to read on. That would be a pity, because the debates on race and racism are important — and they concern us all.