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Mike Pothier

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Mike Pothier is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, and Programme Manager of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in Cape Town.

The Vatican and money: A sign of contradiction?

The international media, on 6 June 2020, ran a story about a financial scandal involving an Italian businessman and the Vatican. Mike...

Querida Amazonia in Five Sentences

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, generated a great deal of commentary immediately after its publication in February. Mike Pothier argues that...

CPLO Unpacks the 2020 Budget Speech

South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, in his Budget Speech on 26 February, brought some relief, a few surprises, and indications that the government...

Idolatry and the Amazon Synod — wooden carvings and religious forms

Mike Pothier comments that the media storm around the controversial display of an indigenous Andean goddess at the Amazon Synod distracted the...

Time to edit St. Paul?

St. Paul’s writings about women’s role in the home and the Church have been the subject of scrutiny and criticism by modern readers. Mike Pothier describes the experience of proclaiming a particularly difficult text. He contemplates how we are to interpret such passages today, especially in the light of South Africa’s scourge of gender-based violence and our patriarchal society .

Legal sanctions against public protector suggest incompetence or deliberate sabotage

The Constitutional Court has sanctioned the public protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkwebane, for abusing the position of her office in failing to report her findings in an objective manner. Legal expert Mike Pothier considers the possible reasons for the public protector’s chequered performance.

Strategic changes or missed opportunities? A look inside SA’s new cabinet

South Africa’s newly appointed cabinet is “undoubtedly an improvement” on its recent predecessors, but has President Cyril Ramaphosa’s changes been significant enough to result in the turnaround the country needs? Mike Pothier, Programme Manager at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office takes a closer look at the new-look government.

IN DEPTH — Clerical sexual abuse: deal with the rotten apples but fix the barrel too

Our new 'In Depth' feature is intended to allow writers the necessary space to develop their arguments critically. Mike Pothier, an advocate looks at the decision to remove priests and cardinals from the priestly state. For a number of reasons, he finds it problematic and he finds it problematic and insulting — read why.

SA’s 2019 Budget reveals a government no longer in denial

Following the 2019 Budget Speech, it is very clear that the South African economy is still in a big hole, and getting out of it will still be an immense challenge. But, according to Mike Pothier of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, it seems the government is no longer in denial — and that's a good thing!

Ramaphosa’s decisions show and advance ethical governance

The positive significance of two recent political developments in South Africa cannot be overstated. The voluntary resignation of Mr Nhlanhla Nene and the unprecedented...

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The Vatican and money: A sign of contradiction?

The international media, on 6 June 2020, ran a story about a financial scandal involving an Italian businessman and the Vatican. Mike...

Legal sanctions against public protector suggest incompetence or deliberate sabotage

The Constitutional Court has sanctioned the public protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkwebane, for abusing the position of her office in failing to report her findings in an objective manner. Legal expert Mike Pothier considers the possible reasons for the public protector’s chequered performance.

Pope thanks “Sister Water”

Pope Francis has, since the beginning of his pontificate and especially after his encyclical Laudato Si', championed care for the environment. He declared 1...

Idolatry and the Amazon Synod — wooden carvings and religious forms

Mike Pothier comments that the media storm around the controversial display of an indigenous Andean goddess at the Amazon Synod distracted the...

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