Mary was not born with original sin — she is the Immaculate Conception. Painful childbirth is a punishment from God for Eve’s disobedience. After the fall, Eve was told by God that “you will bring forth your children in pain” (Genesis 3:16). Hence Mary was exempt.
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Mgr Vincent Hill, Pretoria – Some people, also in the Church, resist any reform, especially if it requires changing themselves. Isaac Newton stated the physical law that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same applies to every change. Some get left behind, others try to reverse decisions made, showing they do not understand or accept the changes.
Responding to Günther Simmermacher’s article “Was Jesus black?”, anyone would know that Jesus looked like a typical Middle Eastern Jew of that era, swarthy to a greater or lesser extent. It’s understandable that Western Europeans depicted him as relatively fair-skinned …
JH Goossens, Pretoria – Archbishop Stephen Brislin calls the pope the Church’s central unifying aspect. But for the last two years Pope Francis has been that no more.
John Driver , Daveyton – Jesus, who was truly man, received baptism from John the Baptist to “fulfil all righteousness” (Mark 1:4-9). The Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove after his baptism. Jesus was 30 years old (Luke 3:23).
What are we Catholics doing in response to the call for a New Evangelisation? The success of the many new anti-Catholic agents is due to their taking advantage of the tepidity and indifference of many of us Catholics who are not up to the level of their aggressive evangelising methods.
Father Ron Rolheiser in his column “We give birth to Christ too” imagines that Mary suffered “excruciating pain” during the birth of Jesus. Venerable Fulton Sheen, the late bishop of Rochester in the US, would respectfully disagree.
Those who are serious about celebrating the birth of Christ, in a meaningful way, should consider leaving December 25 to the pagans and atheists. Let them have their fun and merriment on their “happy holidays” but refrain from hijacking our very important feast.
It is difficult for the believer to discern what to do when medical terms and reproductive technologies such as IVF, surrogacy, sperm banks, cloning and embryo splitting, which purport to offer hope in the area of fertility, are not found or explained in the Bible.
Frank Bompas, Johannesburg – There have been a few articles in The Southern Cross detailing challenges made by conservative Catholics to Pope Francis, accusing him of undermining the teachings of the Church. While these...
The picture on the front page of the Christmas edition of The Southern Cross is nostalgic and beautiful, but can all Christians throughout the world identify with it?
The sexual violence survivor’s letter titled “Abuse: a survivor’s view” refers. It takes courage for survivors of gender-based violence and Church abuse to speak out, to break their silence. They become official whistleblowers who expose those who have violated the bodily integrity of another; those who disrespect the human dignity of others.