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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.

His life was gentle – George Bizos

Anti-apartheid activist and human rights champion Advocate George Bizos passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92. Mike Pothier writes this...

Bishops’ statement on government corruption reveals deep frustration

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) recently criticised the rampant corruption around the purchase of medical material and supplies to fight...

The need for ongoing healing from the wounds of racism

South African bishops have been condemning the presence of racism and racist attitudes for nearly 80 years. Mike Pothier reflects on the...

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.

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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...

Bishops’ statement on government corruption reveals deep frustration

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) recently criticised the rampant corruption around the purchase of medical material and supplies to fight...

His life was gentle – George Bizos

Anti-apartheid activist and human rights champion Advocate George Bizos passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92. Mike Pothier writes this...

The need for ongoing healing from the wounds of racism

South African bishops have been condemning the presence of racism and racist attitudes for nearly 80 years. Mike Pothier reflects on the...

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