Category: Editorials 2004

Bush, Kerry and the Church

As the presidential election campaign in the United States enters its final phase, the American public indeed, the whole world is becoming increasingly polarised.

Think about the Eucharist

At the heart of the Catholic Church is the celebration of the Eucharist, when the faithful are united in the partaking of Christ truly present. Pope John...

Genocide in Africa

The names of Hitler, Amin, Stalin, Saddam, Milosevic are analogous with state-sanctioned mass murder. Do you know the name of Sudan’s president? Omar el-Bashir came to power...

Corruption is the enemy

The health of a democracy can be judged by the extent of the corruption it permits. If statistics are anything to go by, then South Africa is...

The right to object

At a time when apartheid made its last stand in the late 1980s, increasing numbers of young white men refused to be conscripted into the South African...

The full story

Hands up if you have experienced being confronted by a colleague, an acquaintance, or even a fellow Catholic with an inaccurate or false statement about the Catholic...

The next pope

Catholics watching images of the recent papal Mass in Lourdes will have been saddened at the palpable extent of Pope John Pauls physical decline, even after years...

Pro-life on all fronts

The Catholic Church professes an immutable belief in the sanctity of life, a principle that bridges doctrinal, theological and philosophical friction within the Church. And yet, we...

The bishops and abortion

If the Church cannot convince legislators that life is sacred because it begins at conception, then we have next to no chance of persuading them to repeal...

No vocations crisis

South African Catholics who rely on the secular press for information about their Church may well feel despondent regarding the much-trumpeted vocations crisis.

Bishops’ accountability

Just when Catholics thought the sex scandals in the Church had blown over, a new episode hit the headlines, this time in Austria. The reported shenanigans in...

Zimbabwe and sanctions

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier’s call on the South African government to consider imposing “intelligent sanctions” on Zimbabwe’s Mugabe regime is timely. Alas, his appeal will inevitably fall on...