Category: Editorials 2006

The meaning of Christmas

The meaning of Christmas

GUEST CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL BY PROFESSOR PETER HUNTER – Christmas means different things to different people. For the young children of families who can afford it, it is primarily a time of presents. For many young...

Rediscovering Christmas

Rediscovering Christmas

Commenting on a recent “Santa Claus Parade” in his English hometown, an Internet blogger remarked on the succession of floats on display. One that agitated the blogger in particular represented Christianity. More Stories: No...

Dialogue with Islam

Dialogue with Islam

Since Vatican II, the Catholic Church has sought dialogue with other Christian denominations, notably the Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches, and with other religious faiths, in particular Judaism and Islam. More Stories: No related...

The celibacy debate

The celibacy debate

When Pope Benedict convened a meeting of curial top brass to discuss the question of obligatory celibacy in the Latin-rite priesthood, there was no likelihood that this Church discipline would be summarily dispensed with—the...

What causes Aids?

What causes Aids?

President Thabo Mbeki has made many harmful statements on the question of HIV/Aids. History will rightly record these as having tarnished his good reputation. However, one of his propositions does contain a grain of...

Fight for Catholic radio

Fight for Catholic radio

Over the years, this newspaper has repeatedly covered and promoted the work done by Radio Veritas, recognising that a Catholic broadcaster is vital to the Church in South Africa, and beneficial to society in...

Burn survivors: SA’s forgotten people

Burn survivors: SA’s forgotten people

Cast your mind back to the last time you saw in public—a supermarket, a restaurant, on television—a person with severe burns injuries. Unless your family or professional environment includes a burns survivor, count how...

Same-sex unions will need pastoral solutions

Same-sex unions will need pastoral solutions

The Catholic hierarchy of Southern Africa has now made its submission to parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs on the question of same-sex unions, stating the Church’s opposition to its legalisation on several grounds,...

New mission frontiers

New mission frontiers

This week the Catholic Church around the world observes World Mission Sunday. It is a day when we are called to concentrate our prayers on the Church’s missionary efforts especially, and an opportunity for...

Betrayal of Democracy

Betrayal of Democracy

In his 1991 encyclical Centesimus annus, Pope John Paul II wrote that the Catholic Church values the democratic system inasmuch as it ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices, guarantees to the...