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Category: Editorials 2019

The Outlawing of Spanking

The ruling by the Constitutional Court to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment of children by parents has inevitably divided public opinion. In its decision to uphold...

You Are a Mission

When he declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Mission Month, Pope Francis invited us to do more than pray for vocations, important as that is. He issued a...

What is Patriarchy?

One keyword in the discussions on gender-based violence is “patriarchy”. In protests against the endemic rape crisis, domestic violence and femicide in South Africa, many voices (including...

Safety From Men

  Once in a while, news reports of rapes and murder of women and girls pile up to create a sense of despair among South Africans. So...

The Echoes of 1934

Pope Francis last month sounded a warning from history when he noted that much of the current political rhetoric reminded him of the populism applied by Adolf...

The Bradburne Sainthood Cause

There will be much rejoicing when the archdiocese of Harare officially launches the sainthood cause for John Bradburne on September 5, the 40th anniversary of his violent...

In All Things, Charity

Catholics are prone to complain that they do not receive sufficient respect from those outside the Church, especially in the secular world. One reason for secular disregard...

Transfer of Feasts

The patronal feast of South Africa, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven, is on August 15. This year the feast falls on a Thursday, and...

To Feed the Multitudes

In the Gospels we observe Jesus’ response when, on two occasions, he was faced with crowds of people he knew to be hungry. Something needed to be...

The Army in the Streets

When the time comes to measure the success of the deployment in Cape Town of the South African National Defence Force in combating the rampant gangsterism in...

Lessons to Learn From Fake Priest

We must be alarmed at how easy it was for a conman to pose as a priest, even to the point of violating the sacrament of Reconciliation....