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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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The Constitutional Court in South Africa has ruled  that adults found using, in private possession of, or cultivating dagga for their personal use will not be prosecuted. The ruling is a controversial one that has sparked reactions from all sides. For Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya the ConCourt decision leads him to consider the curious relationship that can exist between legality and morality. He is not much concerned with the particular ruling – his is a more philosophical investigation. One does not need […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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In an open letter to the South African President, Mphuthumi Nthabeni cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa about being too worried or paying disproportionate atttention to seemingly dominating and overly-pessimistic narratives concerning our current state of economic affairs. He also uses the letter as an opportunity to convey what he sees as the wisdom of Catholic Social Teaching with respect to the economy, that it needs always to be at the service of the common good. Dear President Ramaphosa I was extremely […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

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“There is no state that is captured”, this was the much-reported remark of Jacob Zuma as he addressed university students at Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape earlier this week. Anthony Egan, moral theologian, ethicist and Jesuit priest looks at the outrageous claim put forward by the former president and assesses whether it has any merit.  “I want the people to know that they still have two out of three branches of the government working for them, and that […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Archive of the Sisters Holy Family in SA

Many religious congregations of women have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in South Africa in health, education and pastoral care. Seldom have they been in the limelight. The Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux are one such congregation. Ricardo da Silva SJ takes a look at the Jesuit Institute South Africa’s latest film production – a documentary which tells their story. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux first arrived in South Africa in 1864 and have worked […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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Whether as victims of crime or fires, the poor are always sidelined and find themselves on the back foot and at the mercy of a government that systematically fails them. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya calls for advocacy in defense of the poor which requires that we have our own tongues loosened and ears opened. You will remember a time when it was normal to see tow trucks parked in close proximity to where car accidents were most likely to happen. In more […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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In an open letter to the South African President, Mphuthumi Nthabeni cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa about being too worried or paying disproportionate atttention to seemingly dominating and overly-pessimistic narratives concerning our current state of economic affairs. He also uses the letter as an opportunity to convey what he sees as the wisdom of Catholic Social Teaching with respect to the economy, that it needs always to be at the service of the common good. Dear President Ramaphosa I was extremely […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Archive of the Sisters Holy Family in SA

Many religious congregations of women have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in South Africa in health, education and pastoral care. Seldom have they been in the limelight. The Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux are one such congregation. Ricardo da Silva SJ takes a look at the Jesuit Institute South Africa’s latest film production – a documentary which tells their story. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux first arrived in South Africa in 1864 and have worked […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Vatican Media

Responding to the shameful abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church at present, Pope Francis has called the president of every bishops’ conference around the world to a meeting at the Vatican next year. Following extensive criticism of the Holy Father and the Church hierarchy for not taking concrete actions, the Vatican has now announced a major step in addressing the matter of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, the Vatican press office communicated that Pope  Francis has […]

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Sex crimes committed by clergymen have rightly left many parents and guardians anxious as to the safety of their children. As a result many are questioning the extent to which they need to tell their child about the sexual abuse in the Church to ensure their maximum safety. Christine Rousselle of Catholic News Agency, (CNA) shares what the experts suggest to be the best course of action when talking to children about sensitive matters. When speaking to their children about […]

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

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The growing state of crisis in our Church leads Fr Chris Chatteris, a Jesuit priest who has held many positions of leadership in the Order, to critique the Catholic ways of power. He chastises religious superiors, bishops, formators and mentors who have allowed abusive ministers to stay in the system for so long. They desperately need to review the instruments of accountability which have clearly failed. Every unaccountable system of power will attract abusers – embezzlers, bullies and sexual predators. […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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Fearmongering seems to be the present modus operandi and the motor force for delivering fake news. Many are finding themselves brainwashed and worshipping at the feet of the purveyors of falsehoods. Mphuthumi Nthabeni looks at widely reported fears held throughout Africa, especially with respect to the exponential levels of Chinese interest and investment across the continent. Is it simply mere self-interest and a ploy for continental takeover? The situation We’ve recently seen one Western leader after another visit African states. What’s […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Vatican Media

Responding to the shameful abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church at present, Pope Francis has called the president of every bishops’ conference around the world to a meeting at the Vatican next year. Following extensive criticism of the Holy Father and the Church hierarchy for not taking concrete actions, the Vatican has now announced a major step in addressing the matter of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. On Wednesday, 12 September 2018, the Vatican press office communicated that Pope  Francis has […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Young pregnant and poor – a global reality

Earlier this week we reported on the Stats SA report on live births and the startling revelations it contained of pregnancy among young South African girls. In light of this, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya was keen to investigate whether there was an international trend with respect to teenage pregnancy. Worryingly, it appears that motherhood at a young age is a world phenomenon that sets our young girls on a sad life trajectory. This affects not only their long-term physical wellbeing but also any prospects […]

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- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

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 Church looms large and we need to understand the long-term psychological, physical and spiritual effects of abuse on those whom this evil has been inflicted, as she carefully and painfully explains. The recent release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report revealed that over the course of 70 years 300 perpetrators in six states sexually abused at […]

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- Russell Pollitt SJ

Sex abuse in the Church – the dysfunction

The Catholic Church faces one of its biggest crises since the Protestant Reformation: the recent and ongoing exposé of clergy sex abuse. This time it has also revealed an entrenched culture of covering up such abuse by high-ranking church officials. There is no end in sight unless a number of systemic issues are addressed in the Catholic Church says Russell Pollitt SJ. The latest wave of sexual abuse revelations by Catholic clergy has rightly caused outrage and anger globally. After […]

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- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

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 Church looms large and we need to understand the long-term psychological, physical and spiritual effects of abuse on those whom this evil has been inflicted, as she carefully and painfully explains. The recent release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report revealed that over the course of 70 years 300 perpetrators in six states sexually abused at […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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 hear and to speak on the issue of land expropriation without compensation. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reflects on the need for such public hearings in a still fledgeling constitutional democracy such as ours. The sometimes dramatic public hearings that have been taking place across South Africa form part of the constitutional process debating the proposed amendments to Section 25 […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy

August is a time dedicated to the advancement of women, but despite lots of talk over the years, little has changed. Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at Mary Beard's seminal book on the origins of misogyny and modern society perpetuates these. 

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- Anthony Egan SJ

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 a socio-historical reading of one of the most contentious of the Church’s documents in the modern period – Humanae Vitae. In the first part, he introduced the factors that led to the production of the document and why its impact was so profound to the society and the Church of the time. Next, he looks at […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

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 at The Jesuit Institute South Africa, makes a socio-historical reading of one of the most contentious of the Church’s documents in the modern period. In this first part, he introduces the factors that led to the production of the document and why its impact was so profound on the society and the Church of the time. In […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made For Whiteness

Present happenings in South Africa show a growing urgency and a desperate need for talking about racism; but perhaps in ways that, before, we have been too afraid or too uncomfortable to do. We need to build firm and sustainable bridges between black and white people that do not ignore the pain wrought and the anger that is still widely felt. In this review by Mphuthumi Nthabeni he shares the living struggles of black American Christian author, Austin Channing Brown, and […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy

August is a time dedicated to the advancement of women, but despite lots of talk over the years, little has changed. Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at Mary Beard's seminal book on the origins of misogyny and modern society perpetuates these. 

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW Pope Francis: Life & Revolution – A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution – A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio (foreword by Sean Patrick O’Malley O.F.M. Cap). Loyola Press, Elisabette Piqué. ISBN-10: 0829442170. 313 pages. I usually get put off quickly by hagiography – books of admiration. Elisabetta Piqué’s book, Pope Francis: Life & Revolution, starts too much on this note and I nearly put it down. I am grateful I persevered. In the beginning the book reflects on the personality and character of the Pope Francis, but instead of piling on praise, the book immerses […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: No Longer At Ease

In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in South Africa as a school set-work. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at another of Achebe’s works, No Longer At Ease. He says that this is a great companion work and continuation of Things Fall Apart.  “It introduces complexity into the story of how colonialism and Christianity break African culture with tragic and progressive consequences,” Ntabeni writes. No Longer […]

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

REVIEW: Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani (foreword by Pravin Gordhan). ZAM, Evelyn Groenink, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-6399268-0-3. 363 pages. Dulcie September was assassinated in Paris on the 29th of March 1988. She was shot five times in the face, not in the back as one particular journalistic meme has it. At the time, the world was more than ready to believe that she was the victim of a death squad of the apartheid […]

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TWEETS & RETWEETS


September 19, 2018 at 10:02am
After 130 years, a Tertianship returns to South Africa. Welcome to all the Tertians! https://t.co/xRI4jax2pi
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Cape Town Tertianship @JESTertianship
Inauguration of JCAM Tertianship, Cape Town, South Africa https://t.co/0Dlzy1ef2M https://t.co/jPFBpBJtYp
September 12, 2018 at 2:40pm
More than 150 years and counting – Documentary on the Holy Family Sisters in SA by Ricardo da Silva SJ @ricdssj https://t.co/Dy3PjyDDOE
September 7, 2018 at 2:13pm
The scandals of sexual abuse by members of the clergy do not define who we are – as a Church.

My contribution for this week’s @JesuitInstitute reflection. #clergyabuse

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