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Category: Editorials 2004

Jesus, the Infant God-Man

By the late  Mgr Jan Jaworski – During the silent and holy night, Jesus Christ, the infant God-man, comes into this world. Stillness reigns, nearby Bethlehem is asleep. Only...

Tribute to a Catholic journalist

Only in exceptional circumstances should an editorial serve as a tribute to one who has died. The death of Southern Cross columnist Noel Bruyns on December 6...

Gay unions; What now

Now that the legalisation of what is widely referred to as “gay marriage” is virtually inevitable in South Africa, the local Church must find a strategy in...

A new synod for Africa

The Catholic Church in Africa will be invigorated by Pope John Pauls announcement that he plans to convene a second African Synod of Bishops, a decade after...

Two kinds of Christmas

Every year around Advent, a slew of Christmas-themed movies hits the cinemas. Some are deliberately cynical, others take a more conventional approach of highlighting positive seasonal virtues....

A Church response to Aids

The broadcast on South African television of a BBC-produced documentary on the Catholic Church and condomsmore than six months after its original telecast in Britainmay well have...

Eucharist as a Weapon?

In recent weeks, some readers have questioned whether Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, a Catholic, should continue to receive holy Communion, particularly at Masses that form part of...

Social doctrine today

The Second Vatican Council taught in word and deed that the Catholic Church must always read and respond to “the signs of the times”. The new Compendium...

Red card for the race card

South Africas past has been dominated by issues of race, and so will the future be. The social engineering of apartheid inevitably must be undone. This must...

The stem cell debate

When the Church developed the modern reasoning behind its teaching that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception, cloning was the stuff of science...

Eucharist and mission

Cardinal Jozef Tomko coined a phrase at the International Eucharistic Congress in Mexico that should endure in our minds during the Year of the Eucharist: “Ask who...

Failing the poor

South Africas clothing manufacturing industry is in a crisis. The stronger rand has affected export opportunities, while the local market is flooded with imported garments, especially from...