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Category: Editorials 2009

Where would Jesus Stand?

It would require a very peculiar reading of the Gospel to locate Jesus anywhere else but at the side of the marginalised and vulnerable. The proposed law...

In the Darkest Hours

Catholics are rightly shocked by the report of abuses committed against minors by priests and the handling of allegations of such offences in the archdiocese of Dublin....

The Malema question

South Africas most controversial politician today must be Julius Malema, the president of the African National Congress Youth League. To his critics, Mr Malema is a demagogue...

AIDS: No easy answers

President Jacob Zuma this month acknowledged that South Africa is not yet winning the fight against HIV/Aids, pointing out that the countrys mortality rates may soon overtake...

A climate for change

The world’s leaders must show courage as they prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7-18. Climate change is a question of...

Media frustration

In an interview with the Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano in late October, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was asked whether the secular media had covered the Second...

Feed the multitudes

In the gospels we read about Jesus response when, on two occasions, he was faced with crowds of people he knew to be hungry. Something needed to...

Peace the prize

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama has been greeted with some bemusement, not least by the recipient himself. The truth is...

Mission field youth

This week, Bishop Jan de Groef, a member of a missionary order, reminds us that all the People of God are called to be missionaries, to be...

Misplaced sympathy

We should be disturbed by the public sympathy film director Roman Polanski has received from some quarters, including the French government and many in the artistic community,...