Category: Bishops’ View

The Hate Speech Bill: A Blessing or Danger?

A new proposed law will make hate speech and incitement a prosecutable crime. Bishop VICTOR PHALANA sees the point of such a law — and big risks. Parliament will debate a proposed law that will make hate speech illegal. The draft of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill still needs revision, especially in terms of conforming to the Constitution.

In Awe of the Eucharist

By Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI – Pope John Paul II declared 2005 the Year of the Eucharist.  At the conclusion of that year, he canonised five saints distinguished for their Eucharistic piety. He also issued...

Easter Message from Our Bishops

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat! We’ve had a tumultuous three weeks in South Africa and there are many concerns regarding the future, not least economic concerns. Very often what happens in South Africa...

God’s instruction manual

By Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM Last week I aimed to explain what God has to do with morals and service delivery. Allow me to explain further. The first truth revealed to us about God...

We Are All Missionaries Now

By Bishop Jan de Groef of Bethlehem – During October we traditionally celebrate World Mission Sunday. Many dioceses give the whole month of October a Mission focus. I appreciate this very much as one cannot...

The priesthood today

By Bishop Stephen Brislin The ministerial priesthood has its foundation in the Priesthood of Christ which therefore forms the starting point for the understanding of priesthood. More Stories: Can Widowed Deacons Remarry? Believing in...

More on Mass changes

By Bishop Edward Risi OMI In this article I would like to look at some of the words which the new translation has brought back into the Mass texts. But firstly, I would like...

Celebrate refugees for their courage

By Bishop Barry Wood OMI The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees currently estimates that there are over 20 million refugees and persons of concern around the globe, looking for many of the things...

Pentecost – A time to celebrate

On Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Church and, this year, the 20th anniversary of the Southern African regions Pastoral Plan, Community Serving Humanity, as Bishop MICHAEL WSTENBERG of Aliwal North explains. More...