Category: Editorials

Our Obligation on the Road

The holiday season is supposed to bring much cheer, but every year it also produces tragedy on our roads and highways. The road death toll over last year’s holiday season was 1527. There was...

See the Divine Light in Others

Guest editorial by Fr Stefan Hippler Every year on World Aids Day, December 1, we are reminded of the plight of the more than 34 million people living with HIV/Aids and — depending where they...

A Synod on Women?

Following last month’s Synod of Bishops on Youth, suggestions have been made that the next synod might be dedicated to women. This would be a natural progression: after the two synods on the family...

The Profit in War

  A hundred years ago on November 11 at 11:11, the “war to end all wars” concluded, bringing to a close a global conflict that changed the world. After four years of war, three...

The Viganò Papers

Many Catholics have been left uncertain by the letters issued by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò which sought to implicate Pope Francis in the abuse scandal involving a disgraced US cardinal.

How to Do Halloween

Over the next couple of weeks, many South Africans, especially the young, will plan activities that mark two foreign days of festivities. Both should concern Catholics.

Our Missionary Mandate

On Mission Sunday we recall with gratitude the great legacy of priests and religious who over the past 150 years left their home countries to bring the Good News to our region. Even today,...

The Future of Sex Work

When Jesus ministered to and even socialised with prostitutes, he gave his followers a mandate to aid these most widely reviled women in society.

The War on the Pope

  In his First Letter to the Corinthians, St Paul takes angry issue with evident division among that community’s Christians (1:10-15). “Every one of you is declaring, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong...

The Morality of Dagga

The Constitutional Court’s decriminalisation of the possession of marijuana for private use by adults will raise questions about whether private cannabis-consumption is morally acceptable for Catholics. With the element of legality effectively no longer...

Why Confession Seal Cannot be Broken

Calls are getting louder for the seal of the confessional in the sacrament of reconciliation to be loosened to compel a priest to report confessions of sexual abuse to the civil authorities. The Catholic...