In order to break the current model of the parish church as a service centre, like a filling station, I think we need to be much more honest about the functioning of our parishes....
Author: Chris Townsend
Recently I was told, as many parish priests are, that the person who disagreed with a decision I made was a “very good Catholic”, and that my decision challenged their ability to be Catholic.
Anyone over 40 knows the necessity, and occasionally the indignity, of having to go for a medical. It is prudent and practical to do so. With timely screening and appropriate intervention, health can be...
Anyone involved in the more social side of social media cannot help seeing the growing polarisation based on race that surrounds our civic (but often not so civil) dialogue.
This Lent we have asked parishioners to put on name tags and to introduce themselves to each other at the beginning of the Mass. Generally, after an initial reluctance, most were happy to comply. Of course, there are always those whose vehemence in being anti-anything like this is really scary. But then, every family has those, don’t they?
Recently I received an e-mail from one of the many Catholic mailing lists I belong to. The mail asked me to pray for US President Donald Trump, and went on to tell me how profound this man was as a president of the United States because he had spoken at the March for Life
Fr Chris Townsend takes time out to birdwatch on his annual holiday in the Kruger Park. In his column he describes the importance of getting away from urban life.
We may be overwhelmed by South Africa’s problems, but we cannot do nothing about it. And change, Fr Chris Townsend argues, begins at home, even and especially at the Christmas table.
Fr Chris Townsend pumps iron at gym. Working out is an important part of his daily routine, as a means of managing stress and for health purposes.
Our Catholicism has always been very international — from the missionaries passing but not disembarking at the Cape to the later generations from France, Ireland and Germany who were our primary missionaries
I’ve been thinking about how we in South Africa — like many other places —are struggling with what our churches mean and should look like. I’ve been thrown into this struggle in the last few years when I’ve become responsible for renovation and restoration projects that preserve and enhance our Catholic legacy.
“To keep a dangerous memory alive, we need to tell and hear our South African story. We need to find a unifying narrative that allows us all to claim a better life for all...