Category: Editorials 2012

Our prayers for 2013

In his missionary prayer intention for August, Pope Benedict asks us that the churches of Africa, “faithful to the Gospel proclamation, may promote the building of peace and justice”. More Stories: The real Nelson...

Truth to Power

This weekend the African National Congress will vote for the party’s new leadership in their elective conference in Mangaung, a meeting that has been preceded by much political manoeuvring and internal polemic. More Stories:...

Prepare for Christmas

As in every Advent season, Christians will again sound the reminder: “Put Christ back into Christmas”. This call, of course, presumes that there was a recent time when Christmas was free of the secular...

Misunderstood teaching

No Catholic can be untouched by the death in Ireland of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old expecting mother who was denied a potentially life-saving termination of pregnancy, a decision reportedly justified with the words, “This...

Preaching at Mass

The complaint is often heard that the standard of preaching at Mass has declined; sometimes this is even cited as a sign that the Church supposedly has lost its way. More Stories: The real...

Preventing crime

Discussions on crime prevention often place an emphasis on law enforcement and the punishment of offenders. Aside from failings in the police, many tend to attribute the causes of crime to poverty and the...

Barred from communion

Among the many topics for discussion at October’s Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation was the difficult subject of the Church’s teachings governing the administration of the sacraments to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics....

How we dress for Mass

In the 1920s a lively debate in The Southern Cross focused on the immodest dress of women who displayed their ankles. The debate about how to dress, especially when attending Mass, continues today, even as...

Responding to suicide

This week a priest describes how being confronted by the self-inflicted death of a friend led him to a new understanding of suicide. More Stories: The real Nelson Mandela Politics in the Church The...

We are all missionaries

The Year of Faith, which began on October 11 and will run until November 24 next year, is an excellent opportunity for the Church to reach out to those who have abandoned the practice...

Time to make a stand

Catholics in South Africa have long been reticent in making known their demands and expectations from the secular establishment. Lately some South African Catholics have petitioned satellite broadcaster DStv to include the US-based television...