Southern Africa's National Catholic Weekly

A chance debate

I have a friend who is a non-practising rabbi and an atheist. He recently visited me from New York City. He is enjoying his Kiddushin—a period of sanctification, which amounts to a year after...

Better preaching

Spare a thought for the poor priest who must prepare a homily, often every week, which will not only grab his congregation’s attention, but also communicate matters of faith in a way that is...

After Edmund – Hello

CD REVIEW After Edmund’s debut album positions this Georgia-based group into the Christian alt.rock genre occupied by the likes of Switchfoot. Unlike Switchfoot, After Edmund (named after a character in The Chronicles Of Narnia)...

How to give the laity a greater say

In her column Lay Leaders Arise (January 16-22), Toni Rowland discussed a proposed lay leadership structure, asking readers to let us have their ideas as to how they see this evolving, and how family...

Pledging loyalty

The idea of invigorating young South Africans with high standards of personal and social integrity must be welcomed. The government is mistaken in believing, however, that its proposed introduction of a pledge of loyalty...

Couples, be friends

I did not choose to focus on marriage during Lent because of seeing marriage as a penance, although it can well be. I also did not choose to have a marriage focus and celebrate...

Mastering One’s Self

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg, in his chairman’s address to the Southern African bishops at their January plenary session, summed up in a single phrase the content of his message. He began by saying...

Piddling in Tuscany

Having always enjoyed all those wonderful stories of Catholicism in France from the erudite pen of Owen Williams and of course Gunther Simmermacher’s series on his travels through the Holy Land, I am not...

Mystic Street

MYSTIC STREET: Meditations on a Spiritual Path, by ST Georgiou. Novalis , Canada , 2007. 305pp (with illustrations). Reviewed by Michael Shackleton The author’s first book was something of a sensation when published in...

Team of Elders – Bishop Fritz Lobinger

TEAMS OF ELDERS: Moving Beyond Viri Probati, by Bishop Fritz Lobinger. Claretian Publications, 2007. 94pp. Reviewed by Michael Shackleton Fritz Lobinger, the retired bishop of Aliwal North diocese in the Eastern Cape, has presented...