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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...

The National Health Insurance — vision and practical implications

The proposals for a state-funded National Health Insurance (NHI) policy have generated a great deal of media reporting and reaction. While many...

When refugees have faces and names – affirming our common humanity

The recent tensions involving refugees camped outside the Unite Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) in Cape Town and Johannesburg made national headlines, with...

“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...

The Amazon Synod: Gifts, Disappointments & Challenges

The recently concluded Amazon Synod resulted several recommendations on pastoral solutions to some of the problems faced by the people of God...

The controversial artwork — distasteful or an uncomfortable introspection?

South African social media was awash this week with speculation about a final art project by a Richard's Bay matriculant, Gary G....

IN-DEPTH — Why the Ebola outbreak in the DRC should be everyone’s concern

One year after an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the crisis is far from over. Sarah-Leah Pimentel...

IN-DEPTH — Crackdown on democratic freedoms thwarts prospects for lasting peace in Africa

Frustrated by an endless lack of governance by African leaders, many question whether democracy is a valid system of governance on the continent. Sarah-Leah Pimentel examines the impact of an authoritative leadership style on lasting stability.

IN-DEPTH — Ending Homelessness: Building Inclusive Communities

Dare we imagine ending homelessness, one person at a time? Stephan de Beer argues that an integrated approach, committed to building truly inclusive communities, can start to make a dent by mediating viable and sustainable alternatives for street homeless individuals.

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.

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.

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