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Anthony Egan SJ

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Anthony Egan is a Jesuit priest who works at the Jesuit Institute South Africa. He teaches at Steve Biko Ethics Centre Faculty of Health Sciences at WITS University. He also teaches in the Ubuntu Programme for Fordham University at the University of Pretoria. He writes for various journals and publications and regularly offers analysis and comment on politics and the Catholic Church.

After 75 Years: The life, legacy and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

9 April 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian and pastor executed by the...

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 2

The Church awaits Pope Francis' response to the topics discussed at the Amazonian Synod, including priestly celibacy. Meanwhile, Cardinals Robert Sarah and...

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 1

A soon-to-be released book by Cardinal Robert Sarah (with initial contributions by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) examines, among other things, celibacy and the priesthood. The...

Celibacy rumblings in Rome

A new book, reportedly co-authored by Joseph Ratzinger and Cardinal Robert Sarah, cautions against calls to re-examine the law of priestly celibacy....

“Song of Songs” and the crisis of celibacy

Anthony Egan SJ recently gave a series of lectures on Old Testament literature and became intrigued by the sexualised language of Song...

Book review — Anne Hope: The Struggle for Freedom

On 17 October, Stephanie Kilroe launched her new biography about Anne Hope, a South African anti-apartheid activist, the president of the lay...

IN DEPTH — SA General Election: The voter’s dilemmas

In a few days, South Africans shall go through another general election. Anthony Egan SJ knows that he is obliged to vote but is greatly conflicted about the process and is feeling the pressure. He offers us ways of reflecting on our duty as voters and where we mark ‘X’ when casting our ballot on 8 May.

Pulpit Politics or don’t take anything they say in church seriously?

The fast-approaching elections in South Africa seem to have brought a number of politicians to preach their political views from the pulpit of churches. Anthony Egan SJ, a moral theologian and political scientist explores this phenomenon as we hurtle towards voting day.

‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today

A recent book touting homosexuality among senior clergy in the Catholic Church by French author Frédéric Martel has provoked a mixed reception. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the scandal-plagued Catholic Church, today.

Tax Justice Conference ‘Dividends’

Those at the coal-face, those sitting in influential boardrooms and those who teach in prestigious lecture halls, came together to discuss the complexities of international tax justice and its link to poverty at an international conference held in Nairobi. Anthony Egan SJ takes stock.

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After 75 Years: The life, legacy and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Remembering to think critically: Rick Turner 40 years on

Forty years ago, a 36-year old political philosopher was shot dead in his Durban home by ‘person or persons unknown’. Richard Turner was coming to the end of a five year banning order imposed on him for his anti-apartheid political activities. This fact, the fact that he was shot with a 9mm bullet identical to those used by the South African police, and the fact that then Minister of Police Jimmy Kruger had once called Turner ‘the most dangerous man in South Africa’, suggests, if not who, but why he was killed. Anthony Egan looks at the teachings of Turner and why we should reflect on his work today.

REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas

Retired South African Methodist Bishop Peter Storey’s autobiography evokes on one level the chaotic and heroic struggle of the churches against apartheid in the second half of the twentieth century. But on a deeper level it is a profound meditation on conscience, courage and what it is to be human writes Anthony Egan SJ.

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 2

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