Category: Editorials 2017

Revere the Gift of the Eucharist

Guest editorial: Michael Shackleton – The earliest disciples of the risen Christ met for prayers and the breaking of bread (Acts 2:42), which we know was a Eucharistic celebration in obedience to Christ’s instruction...

We Say No: Stop Womens’ Abuse in SA

Guest Editorial: Michael Shackleton – South  African newspapers are carrying disturbing headlines and horrifying reports of how over the years large numbers of South African men have been brutalising their women. Statistics are provided...

Medjugorje: What next?

Supporters of the reported apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje will have received Pope Francis’ remarks on the matter with a sense of disappointment but also hope. Having just celebrated the centenary of Our...

Advocates for the Church

A little over two decades ago, the bishops of Southern Africa took the prudent decision to establish the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO). This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CPLO’s official launch, though...

Walking with Mary

One of the great treasures in the practice of the Catholic faith is the special relationship it encourages with the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a privilege we Catholics share with sister churches such...

The Call to be Political

The Church, the frequent refrain goes, should stick to its business of saving souls and stay out of politics. This exhortation, which has been raised again during the latest round of political controversy, usually...

A Disunited Front

As we approach Freedom Day, South Africans may well survey the calibre of our political leadership — and descend into despair. The African National Congress has long shed its character as a liberation movement...

Are You At The Cross?

During Holy Week, many Catholics will sing the moving African-American spiritual “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord”. And as they do, they may well feel like trembling, trembling, trembling. But this trembling...

A Nation of Outrage

In the years after the fall of the Third Reich, some Germans would try and find some redeeming feature in the unspeakable Nazi regime. Typically, it would involve the infrastructural improvements Hitler’s regime made,...