Category: Editorials 2009

prophetic

A Prophetic Birth

Guest editorial by Bishop Victor Phalana – The birth of Jesus is a real prophetic manifestation. In the Gospel of Matthew, the account of Christ’s birth highlights the threat which this event brought to the powers...

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 Uganda that would mandate prison terms,...

As a new decade dawns

As we leave behind the first decade of this millennium (depending on how one prefers to count these things), we enter the second with some hope that it will be better. More Stories: A...

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. There is no mitigation. Those responsible for...

The Malema question

South Africa’s 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 who indiscriminately voices toxic opinions that often...

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 country’s mortality rates may soon overtake birth rates, calling for the introduction of...

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 acute concern for every person. And yet...

Media frustration

In an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano in late October, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was asked whether the secular media had covered the Second Synod for Africa adequately. Cardinal Napier rightly...

An agenda for Africa

The message issued by the second Synod of Bishops for Africa shows the Church of the continent to be self-confident, aware of Africa’s joys and pains, and determined to put into action Catholic social...

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 be done, and Jesus performed the miracles...

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 that Mr Obama has yet to earn...

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 “the salt of the earth”. At a...