Category: Editorials 2014

Lenten Joy and Pain

For Catholics, and some other Christians, it is part of life’s cultural tradition to make the sacrifice of giving up some luxury or vice for Lent – sweets, alcohol, cursing, Facebook. Even among those who...

A Prosperous New Year?

Acting editor Fr Chris Chatteris SJ Theres definitely more and more of them about  books on the end of economic growth are now coming at us thick and fast, books like The End of Growth,...

Our Prayers for 2015

As we change our calendars from 2014 to 2015, we give thanks to God for his abundant graces, even those we are unable to discern in times of difficulty. More Stories: No related posts.

Christmas Trek and Back

GUEST EDITORIAL BY PULENG MATSANENG South Africas migratory culture makes the Christmas season especially vibrant. People plan for the season as early as the beginning of the year; many in the townships taking part...

The fallout from the long postal strike

The long, protracted postal strike has done business in South Africa great harm.It affected especially small and medium-sized enterprises which rely on the services of a postal system, even one as chronically unreliable and...

Pope Francis’ position

Clearly, many people have yet to work out Pope Francis who in less than two years has profoundly changed the tone of the papacy, and therefore of the Church. More Stories: No related posts.

The woman priest debate

The recent ordination in South Africa of a woman, Dr Mary Ryan, to the Catholic priesthood  – an illicit and invalid act in Church law  – has inevitably revived a long-running debate. Catholics will...

The historical Jesus

Catholics will be exasperated by the periodic claims by experts, many of them self-proclaimed, that Jesus did not exist or that new findings reveal some controversy or other about him. More Stories: No related...

Solidarity of Faiths

Recent reports from Pakistan of Christians being sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy, and even murdered for it, should alarm not only other Christians, but all people of goodwill. More Stories: No related...

The Church and Science

It seems that all pronouncements by Pope Francis which defy the secular worlds preconceived notions about the Church are being hailed as revolutionary breakthroughs, even if they merely restate long-held positions. This was the...

Lessons from a Cardinal’s Media Fiasco

Church leaders, especially in the higher levels of the hierarchy, have a particular responsibility to represent the Christian virtues of charity and honesty, especially in public. More Stories: No related posts.

Mercy and the Law

Gods laws are meant to lead all people to Christ and his glory and if they do not, then they are obsolete. In fact, the scholars of the law in Jesus day were...