Category: Editorials 2016

What We Pray for in 2017

The year 2016 will be remembered by many as an annus horribilis, a year that brought little by way of good news. Perhaps the Holy Spirit was at work when Pope Francis declared the...

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Challenging the Pope

This Week’s Editorial looks at disunity in the very heart of the Church.  The unity of the Catholic Church is shaken when a small group of cardinals publicly insinuate that they believe the pope may...

Don’t Fight over Mary

This Week’s editorial looks at the role of Mary in the Church and how the faithful can sometimes create divisiveness in their devotion unless led by the Church The months of the year Catholics...

Bigotry: Be the Cure

The year has seen the triumph of fear-based politics: the success of Donald Trump’s hate-based campaign, the Brexit vote, and Turkey’s surrender of civil liberties in the wake of a staged coup attempt. Democratic...

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An Eternal Season of Mercy

In the world today, the definitions and certainties of the human experience are shifting. Family life, sexuality, sacredness of life and so many other areas of our human condition are subject to contestation and...

Leave it in the Ground

When pumped or squeezed out of the earth, oil pollutes both the natural and moral environments. Land is blighted by it; governments become corrupted by it; wars are fought over it. Oil is the...

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Cesspool of Corruption

The waves of revelations about the corruption of the government under President Jacob Zuma, and the extent to which the president and those at his side will go to protect themselves, is intolerable. While...

Responding to Abortion

Twenty years ago this month, parliament voted to pass the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, which legalised abortion in South Africa.   The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice organisation, admiringly called South Africa’s abortion...

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Voting the Right Way for the World

When American voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, to elect their new president, their choice will have a profound effect not only on the future of their country but also on...