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Monthly Archives: July, 2020

Tribute to Andrew Mlangeni: champion against corruption

On 21 July 2020, the last remaining Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who jailed with Nelson Mandela during the anti-apartheid struggle, died...

Will we still need school uniforms after COVID-19?

Sometimes we do things in a particular way because that is how we have always done them. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

Beyond the spectrum of colour!

Over the past few months, we have witnessed worldwide calls for an end to racial oppression in all its forms. Social media...

What a Sudanese girl taught me about Saint Maria Goretti

The life and death of Saint Maria Goretti is often told as a warning against giving in to sexual pleasure. Levinia Pienaar relates an experience during her time as an African-Union United Nations peacekeeper in Sudan, reflecting on this in the light of her experience of catechesis in her childhood parish. Her experience brings home the stark reality that girls and women are powerless to fend off their attackers.

Tradition as an antidote to liberalism and clerical abuse

Reflecting on a new book by Michel Camdessus and others entitled "Transformer L'Eglise Catholique" , Patrick Giddy explains how individualism fuels clericalism....

A reading of the new instruction by the Congregation for the Clergy

The Vatican has published an Instruction focusing on the evangelising mission of parish communities. Bruce Botha provides an assessment of the document...

I reject ‘Cancel Culture’

Worldwide, a mixture of furore and acclaim has accompanied a strongly opinionated open letter by more than 100 respected artists, thinkers and...

Sexuality education – where to now for Catholic schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to make their curricula available online. Mark Potterton, who worked with the Southern African Bishops' Conference to...

A call for the Church to lead the healing of racism in South Africa

Reacting to the ongoing protests in the United States following the killing of George Floyd by police officers and the lack of...

Teaching children to recognise disinformation

Discerning truth from falsehood and deliberate misinformation is becoming increasingly difficult as various interest groups compete to dominate the media space. Mark...

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Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that...

Natural evil and God: from Voltaire’s “Candide” to Camus’ “The Plague”

Every age has its cataclysm and every generation asks how a loving God can permit suffering. The COVID-19 pandemic has so far...

Cut the government some slack

There is a growing weariness and frustration among South Africans as the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response enter a fifth month....

Tribute to Andrew Mlangeni: champion against corruption

On 21 July 2020, the last remaining Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who jailed with Nelson Mandela during the anti-apartheid struggle, died...