Author: Editor

Advocates for the Church

A little over two decades ago, the bishops of Southern Africa took the prudent decision to establish the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO). This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CPLO’s official launch, though...

Walking with Mary

One of the great treasures in the practice of the Catholic faith is the special relationship it encourages with the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a privilege we Catholics share with sister churches such...

The Call to be Political

The Church, the frequent refrain goes, should stick to its business of saving souls and stay out of politics. This exhortation, which has been raised again during the latest round of political controversy, usually...

A Disunited Front

As we approach Freedom Day, South Africans may well survey the calibre of our political leadership — and descend into despair. The African National Congress has long shed its character as a liberation movement...

Are You At The Cross?

During Holy Week, many Catholics will sing the moving African-American spiritual “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord”. And as they do, they may well feel like trembling, trembling, trembling. But this trembling...

A Nation of Outrage

In the years after the fall of the Third Reich, some Germans would try and find some redeeming feature in the unspeakable Nazi regime. Typically, it would involve the infrastructural improvements Hitler’s regime made,...

Sainthood for Denis Hurley?

The first step on the road to the possible canonised sainthood of Archbishop Denis Hurley, one of the great sons of the South African Church, has been made. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, as archbishop of...

Catastrophic Leadership on Abuse

The resignation of an abuse survivor from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is an indictment of the Vatican’s commitment to responding appropriately to a festering scandal. It is deplorable that 15...

Lenten Joy and Pain

For Catholics, and some other Christians, it is part of life’s cultural tradition to make the sacrifice of giving up some luxury or vice for Lent – sweets, alcohol, cursing, Facebook. Even among those who...

Where’s the Decency?

This week’s editorial looks at the decline of decency especially with regards to the recent alarming developments in the US. So much has been written on the personality and actions of US President Donald...