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Breaking the silence of abuse in schools

The horrific account of sexual abuse at Parktown Boys is the subject of veteran journalist Sam Cowen's new book. Mark Potterton examines...

What a Sudanese girl taught me about Saint Maria Goretti

The life and death of Saint Maria Goretti is often told as a warning against giving in to sexual pleasure. Levinia Pienaar relates an experience during her time as an African-Union United Nations peacekeeper in Sudan, reflecting on this in the light of her experience of catechesis in her childhood parish. Her experience brings home the stark reality that girls and women are powerless to fend off their attackers.

Sexuality education – where to now for Catholic schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to make their curricula available online. Mark Potterton, who worked with the Southern African Bishops' Conference to...

As Church leaders we are not with the people in their struggle, says bishop

The Southern African Catholic Bishop's Conference began their bi-annual plenary session on Wednesday in Mariannhill, Kwazulu-Natal. In his first opening address as president of the conference, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka raised concerns about South Africa's socioeconomic and political situation. He also addressed the issue of clerical sexual abuse.

I expected more than a ‘what now?’ resolution from the Church’s meeting on sex abuse

The recent meeting that called the presidents of bishops’ conferences to Rome to discuss the shocking scandals of abuse by priests in the Church, left Sarah-Leah Pimentel disappointed and deflated. Like many others, she is tired of hearing that now we are being ‘called to action’, a litany too often repeated at this meeting. Wasn’t that the purpose of this meeting: to act definitively and respond practically?

Clerical abuse is not only sexual

In dealing with the sex-pest priest, the Church must not forget the other type of offender in a cassock. Clericalism, warns Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, can be found on both sides of the sanctuary.

SA bishop: Church has been in denial

When I return home after this meeting “we will be encouraging people to speak up” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said speaking to Vatican News' Linda Bordoni on the sidelines of the four-day meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”.

BREAKING NEWS — McCarrick guilty of sexual abuse and stripped of priesthood by Pope

Theodore McCarrick was removed from the priesthood by Pope Francis after it was found that the ex-cardinal was guilty of the sexual abuse of adults...

Man abused by priest in SA wants justice

Clergy sex abuse continues to be exposed across the world. This week a South African man spoke publicly about how he was sexually abused...

What Steve Biko can teach the Church in crisis today

Steve Biko was an anti-apartheid activist brutally murdered while in police custody in September forty-one years ago. Few would know that he also held...

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