Category: Editorials

In All Things, Charity

Catholics are prone to complain that they do not receive sufficient respect from those outside the Church, especially in the secular world. One reason for secular disregard for the Church is an incomprehension of...

Transfer of Feasts

The patronal feast of South Africa, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven, is on August 15. This year the feast falls on a Thursday, and in Southern Africa the solemnity will therefore...

To Feed the Multitudes

In the Gospels we observe Jesus’ response when, on two occasions, he was faced with crowds of people he knew to be hungry. Something needed to be done, and Jesus performed the miracles of...

The Army in the Streets

When the time comes to measure the success of the deployment in Cape Town of the South African National Defence Force in combating the rampant gangsterism in the city’s townships, we will need to...

Lessons to Learn From Fake Priest

We must be alarmed at how easy it was for a conman to pose as a priest, even to the point of violating the sacrament of Reconciliation. As we report this week, a Congolese...

A Test of Humanity

Eighty years ago, a German ship’s captain defied the Nazi regime in 1939 by sailing an ocean liner around the world to find safe haven for 900 Jewish refugees. Captain Gustav Schröder went to...

Where is Christ?

Many committed Catholics have responded to the ongoing scandals in the Church by grappling with a most important question: Why should I stay in the Church? Introspective articles on that question have been published...

Dropping the ‘Father’?

Pope Francis frequently condemns a culture of clericalism in which priests “lord it” over the laity and pursue a path of self-aggrandisement rather than of service. It is a culture of clericalism in which...

Driving Out Christians

Pilgrims to the Holy Land will see in abundance the holy shrines of Our Lord and the rocks of the prophets. These are often referred to as the “Ancient Stones” of the faith. These...

For the People

Guest editorial by Michael Shackleton – With South Africa’s 2019 general elections behind us, it would not be inappropriate to ponder again the Church’s expectations of the newly elected government. Our bishops have once...