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In business and politics, the ‘common good’ should be our trump card

South African leaders, whether in business, government or even the non-profit sector, offer us little to desire or indeed to aspire to if we consider the mounds of evidence of corruption and criminality revealed on a daily basis across the country's top brass. Mike Batley suggests that they could do worse than look to the Christian ethical principle of the “common good”, and take new direction from old wisdom.

Calling for a tax revolt is immoral

Helen Zille, the previous leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, provoked a social media storm when she threatened to initiate a "tax revolt" if the country's corruption history wasn't timely tackled. Paulina French investigates what this would mean for our society's poorest and also the moral implications of such action, taking the Catholic Church's social teaching into account.

You can’t fight violence with violence

The concept of restorative justice can seem fable-like to many. A kind of wishful thinking that begs for a dose of reality. Mike Batley...

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...

Nothing has changed: corruption before and after democracy

We live in a time where corruption is rife—in our country and our world—and every day brings new revelations of nefarious dealings by politicians...

Zeroing in on VAT

There has been much talk of zero-rated VAT following the unprecedented increase to 15% earlier this year, just as Nhlanhla Nene the now ex-Minister...

Victims of clergy sexual abuse — their lifelong wounds

As a psychologist and spiritual director, Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has received and counselled victims of clergy sexual abuse. The sexual abuse crisis in the...

Why public hearings on land must continue

Much undue criticism has come from the parliamentary process of holding public assemblies across the country giving diverging South African constituencies the opportunity to...

Humanae Vitae: The Church’s own “1968 moment” — Part Two

In this second part, of a two-part exclusive series, Fr Anthony Egan, a Jesuit moral theologian and ethicist at The Jesuit Institute South Africa, does...

Humanae Vitae: The Church’s own “1968 moment” — Part One

Today, 50 years ago, the encyclical Humanae Vitae was released. In a two-part exclusive series, Fr Anthony Egan, a Jesuit moral theologian and ethicist...

Bishop Pineda’s resignation, what it means and what happens next

The resignation of Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle on Friday morning is the latest in a series of episcopal scandals breaking across the Church....

What to say of the crisis in the Church?

The sexual abuse crisis that has in recent months come to light in the Chilean Church has left many questioning. Earlier this week the...

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