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President’s address sends a mixed message

Reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on 12 July, Matthew Charlesworth comments that the President could have done more...

A virus that could change the world

Lockdowns and physical distancing — to contain the spread of COVID-19 — have ushered in a different way of life. Gone is...

We are the Church

2020 is not turning out to be what we expected. The economy is in dire straits, schooling has been disrupted, and community-based...

How about a “wealth line”?

As world leaders gather in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly, the world's poorest nations will look for a greater share...

Pulpit Politics or don’t take anything they say in church seriously?

The fast-approaching elections in South Africa seem to have brought a number of politicians to preach their political views from the pulpit of churches. Anthony Egan SJ, a moral theologian and political scientist explores this phenomenon as we hurtle towards voting day.

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.

The scam of populism — and why we fall for it

It is popular to hear it said that 'populism is popular'. Is it really? While it may be popular in that it has caught...

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...

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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...

A call for women to use their privilege to uplift others

Women's Day on 9 August recalls the 1956 Women's March on the Union Buildings to protest the apartheid laws. Mahadi Buthelezi challenges...

Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that...

Natural evil and God: from Voltaire’s “Candide” to Camus’ “The Plague”

Every age has its cataclysm and every generation asks how a loving God can permit suffering. The COVID-19 pandemic has so far...