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 There’s 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...

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: The Church and...

Christmas Trek and Back

GUEST EDITORIAL BY PULENG MATSANENG South Africa’s 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...

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: The Church and...

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. More Stories:...

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: The Church...

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: The Church...

The Church and Science

It seems that all pronouncements by Pope Francis which defy the secular world’s preconceived notions about the Church are being hailed as revolutionary breakthroughs, even if they merely restate long-held positions. More Stories: The...

Mercy and the Law

God’s 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...