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Vatican releases Pope Francis’ new document “Fratelli tutti” – Brothers (and Sisters) all

On the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4 October 2020, the Vatican released the long-awaited encyclical by Pope Francis. Entitled "Fratelli tutti", Brothers...

The anti-apartheid activist who fell in love with ‘Laudato Sì’

World leaders are paying tribute to the life and legacy of Denis Goldberg, one of South Africa’s most revered anti-apartheid activists who died last...

The quest for freedom and its limits

Our contemporary definition of freedom has become a self-serving pursuit. Anthony Aduaka SJ argues that this definition has gone astray and needs to be re-evaluated to include...

The ethics of tax justice

On day two of the conference on Tax Justice, Domestic Resource Mobilization and Stemming Illicit Financial Flows in Nairobi, Kenya, the focus turned to ethics. Anthony Egan SJ, reports.

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.

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...

On our current economy — An open letter to SA President

In an open letter to the South African President, Mphuthumi Nthabeni cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa about being too worried or paying disproportionate atttention to...

Land Expropriation — the moral dilemma

Jesuit priest, moral theologian and ethicist, Anthony Egan assesses the public debate taking place around Land Expropriation from a moral and ethical standpoint and in...

A need for democratic capitalism

When Zuma came into office, we had a budget surplus of R20 billion. He left us with a budget deficit of R50 billion and debt of R2,3 trillion. The national budget announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba suggests it will take three years to get us back to where we were. "This is provided the looting doesn’t continue; and I don’t see why it shouldn’t, because Zuma left behind on this administration a brigade of looters, which Cyril has still not felt any urgency to rectify," says Mphuthumi Ntabeni who argues that this year's speech showed no imagination, except in the way that it insulted the poor. What we need now, more than ever, he says, is a complete shift in thinking.

Good for the market may not be good for all

While the markets have reacted positively to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Budget Speech, the local Church and civil society have raised concerns on the impact the budget will have on the country's poor and vulnerable. Fr Peter-John Pearson looks at the budget from a position of Catholic Social Teaching. 

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