Southern Africa's National Catholic Weekly

God doesn’t turn away from us

Pretoria in the 1950s, and a young Catholic boy is tied up in a Jacaranda tree by none other than the future apartheid foreign minister, Pik Botha. More Stories: Are Volunteers a Nightmare? Catholic...

Lesson from a tax office

One day I went to a Receiver of Revenue office to complain about how ruthlessly I had been taxed. I thought that while the extent to which I had been taxed was legal, that...

Reactions to martys or terrorists

Your editorial “Martyrs or terrorists” (August 26) relating to the memorial service for Coline Williams and Robert Waterwitch refers. More Stories: The Origins of Marriage Pray for ‘third wisdom’ at Synod Urgent Need for...

The slaves of 2010

Trafficking in people is the fastest growing source of profit for sophisticated and ruthless criminal enterprises worldwide, according to the US National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The problem is acute in Southern Africa, especially...

We must talk about sexuality

Holy Trinity parish in Braamfontein hosts regular lectures on a range of topical issues. On September 3 I attended a talk presented by Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron, who spoke about “Sexual orientation and the...

The dogs-in-heaven debate

Over the centuries, much has been written about the meaning of life. It seems to me, that if one has enough faith in the Almighty, it is not a particularly difficult question to answer....

Do we worship the pope?

Please comment on this question asked by a Grade 10 child in my confirmation class: Why do we Catholics worship the pope? In the discussion that followed, I had to disabuse the class of...

Anyone for marriage?

It seems that an invitation to marriage nowadays could be about as casual as an invitation to tennis — and as old-fashioned.  But the fact that many young people are delaying marriage doesn’t necessarily...

Caritas in Veritate and South Africa

reading Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), I was deeply struck by its social teaching. How does it refer in the context of our African region, which includes Zimbabwe and...

Talk about race

After reportedly having rejected a debate on race within the African National Congress (ANC) last month, President Jacob Zuma must tell the nation exactly how he proposes to work towards the non-racial society which...

Understanding the media

THE CHURCH AND THE MEDIA, by Chris Chatteris. Cluster Publications, Pietermaritzburg. 2009. 111pp. Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher More Stories: No related posts.