Category: Editorials 2008

Liturgical anger

Liturgical anger

The sheep are not happy with their shepherds. In recent weeks, The Southern Cross has received a flood of letters, many published this week, concerning the recently introduced changes to Mass responses. Almost all...

The bishop’s load

The bishop’s load

The late Archbishop Denis Hurley had many friends and admirers, yet he would sometimes complain of the loneliness his position brought. It can indeed be lonely at the top. More Stories: State-of-the-Nation: A Test...

Guiding the voters

Guiding the voters

As South Africa’s political parties are launching their election campaigns—and in at least one instance, themselves — the pastoral letter issued by our bishops on the electorate’s rights and obligations is timely. More Stories:...

AIDS: A new strategy

AIDS: A new strategy

When a decade ago the experts drew up their worst-case scenario for HIV/Aids in Africa, they failed to anticipate the furious extent of the disease. Whatever worst-case scenario we might write now for a...

Better preaching

Better preaching

History may well record Barack Obama’s acceptance speech after being elected the 44th president of the United States as a classic in public oration. If so, it would join such timeless masterpieces of discourse...

Ballots, not blood

Ballots, not blood

For South Africa’s young democracy, the split in the African National Congress represents a major test for the country’s capacity of tolerating political challenges. Our democracy may well be energised by the emergence of...

Pius XII: Cutting it both ways

Pius XII: Cutting it both ways

The historic moment of a rabbi addressing the Synod of Bishops this month was diluted by his use of that platform to rebuke Pope Pius XII for his perceived failure to speak out against...

Our mission today

Our mission today

ON World Mission Sunday, this year on October 19, Catholics are asked to reflect on and pray for the Church’s evangelising missionary endeavours, as well as to contribute to it through the Pontifical Mission...