Category: Editorials 2016

universities

Healing our Universities

South  Africa is faced with myriad protests, often accompanied by violence. From service delivery protests to the students’ uprising, often accompanied by burning of infrastructure, we are a country that is familiar with anger...

catholic

Catholic: A Time to Stand Up

When in 2012 the satellite TV service DStv ruled out the inclusion of Catholic broadcaster EWTN on its South African bouquet, it exhibited an unequivocal disregard for the local Catholic community. The declaration by...

5000 Times to be Thankful

The publication of our 5000th edition this week marks a significant milestone for this independent and entirely unsubsidised newspaper. For almost 96 years—from its first issue on October 16, 1920 onwards — The Southern Cross...

bishops

Let’s Pray for our Bishops

Should an enterprising researcher conduct a survey of what quality lay people appreciate most in priests and bishops, humility would doubtless rank highly, perhaps even top such a poll. One often hears lay people...

Is South Africa a Nation of Rape?

While President Jacob Zuma took to the podium to sign off the results of last month’s municipal elections, a protest by a group of women reminded the nation of his rape trial ten years...

New Political Realities in SA

Before the local government elections in August, the African National Congress controlled five out of the six metros with populations of above a million. Now the ANC controls two and the Democratic Alliance four....

Thank You, Missionaries

The Church in Southern Africa was built by missionaries. Men and women belonging to diverse religious orders left home and family, mostly in Europe, to spread the Gospel on the southern tip of Africa...

youth

World Youth Day in South Africa?

Every three years the Catholic Church shows that it is still relevant to young people who come from all around the globe to attend World Youth Days in their hundreds of thousands. or the...

Beating the Terrorists

The terrorists are winning in the West — and the West shares in the responsibility for that. The aim of jihadist terrorism is to strike fear, prejudice and hatred into the hearts of Westerners....

voting

Vote Wisely

When South Africans go to the polls on August 3 to elect their municipal governments, more will be at stake than which local politicians and community leaders are voted into positions of influence. This...