Category: Editorials 2013

The white burden

Every reasonable South African will feel revulsion at the assault on Fr Victor Phalana and his parishioner, Martin Wamba, by a group of white racists, apparently prompted by the funeral of Nelson Mandela. More...

The real Nelson Mandela

The tributes to Nelson Mandela have been delivered and the glow of another burst of national unity, this time with us brought together in grief, is slowly dissipating. The life and accomplishments of Mr Mandela...

A crisis few know of

While the world’s attention is firmly fixed on the civil war in Syria, a possibly even greater tragedy is being played out in the middle of Africa. When in March the president of the...

Aids crisis is not over

GUEST EDITORIAL BY JOHAN VILJOEN December  1 is World Aids Day, an opportune moment to evaluate the past and assess the future. Aids has been with us for more than 30 years. During that time...

Hearing the laity

The idea that Pope Francis and the Vatican advocated canvassing the views of the faithful on issues such as same-sex marriage and divorce excited the public to such lengths that the Vatican saw a...

Call ex-Catholics home

For every Catholic parent, it is a question of perennial concern: will their children continue to practise the faith beyond their day of confirmation? More Stories: No related posts.

Rampant corruption

GUEST EDITORIAL BY MICHAEL SHACKLETON Corruption is a word and concept that South Africans are increasingly being made aware of. In their recent pastoral letter, our bishops have asked us to look with greater...

Francis of Rome

GUEST EDITORIAL BY MICHAEL SHACKLETON When he was interviewed last month for the Jesuit publication La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis admitted to its editor, Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, that he did not know Rome...

The missionary parish

GUEST EDITORIAL BY MICHAEL SHACKLETON On Mission Sunday we recall that Vatican II said the Church is missionary by her very nature (Ad gentes, 2). This statement was an important exercise in self-understanding for...