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- Mike Pothier

Too Many Losers? Assessing the 2018 Zimbabwe General Election

Every election is a contest, and every contest has winners and losers. With last month’s Zimbabwean election, though, it is not easy to say who the winners were. Mike Pothier, Programme Director at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in Cape Town, offers his assessment of the election. He visited polling stations in the vicinity of Gokwe, in Midlands Province, Zimbabwe, as an IMBISA elections observer. The Politicians Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ZANU-PF party officially won the election, and did […]

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The Church should help heal Zimbabwe

In the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s elections, in which six persons died, a leading educationist, Jesuit Fr Joe Arimoso says to Vatican News that it is now left to the Church to pick up the pieces. After the “soft coup” which saw the stepping down of Zimbabwe’s former President, Robert Mugabe, after all the unforgettable euphoria on the streets, the world has been keeping an eye on Zimbabwe. The anticipation was heightened by the announcement that we would indeed have our […]

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Zimbabwe: No big changes are expected from the elections, and the economy is on the verge of collapsing

Longtime missionary and one-time prisoner, Jesuit Father Brian MacGarry, shares his feelings in an interview about the upcoming Zimbabwean election. Agenzia Fides reports. Harare – “The generals have everything under control. The candidates that belong to the majority and the opposition are however in some way controlled by them. To be honest, I do not think the elections will bring big changes in Zimbabwe”. Father Brian MacGarry reads the post-Mugabe political situation with disenchanted eyes in view of the vote […]

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Africa’s Catholic leadership group turns 50—and calls for Christian renewal

The potential for Christian engagement and renewal will be a focus for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the leadership organisation for Catholic Bishops’ conferences in Africa reports Catholic News Agency. The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar’s Golden Jubilee celebration is intended “to celebrate in thanksgiving God’s wondrous deeds, His gift of baptism and of the Church; to reflect on the progress made so far, with the aim of deepening our faith, rooted in Christ, and to resolutely […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Calling the Church out on its inequality

Sadly, the Equality Report produced by the South African Human Rights Commission in South Africa makes for dismal reading and calls on all of us to play our role in creating a more equitable and just society. Here, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya calls the Church to its own ‘mea culpa’ in bringing inequality when it comes to one of society’s most basic needs – education.  It was hardly a “stop the presses” moment when the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

A pain that we must hold

How do we face the continual shocking news of abuse, racism, misogyny and a society that seems at times to be unaware of how profoundly problematic these issues are? Why aren't we all furious? In the face of more stories emerging, Ricardo da Silva SJ asks some hard questions - many that have no answer other than to feel pain and anger. 

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‘Shame and sorrow’ – Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Chilling revelations of widespread child sex abuse by priests have been revealed in a Grand Jury published in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday 14 August 2018. The report is the result of an in-depth investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses over seven decades. Two days after the report was released to the public the Vatican has offered an official statement as Catholic News Agency reports.

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A Cry to the Beloved Country: Meeting the Challenge of Land

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has issued a statement on the challenge of land in South Africa signed by the President of the Conference, Archbishop Stephen Brislin. The bishops say that the land consultations held throughout the country have “evoked strong feelings which cannot be ignored or simply brushed away”. They remind us that embedded in Catholic Social Teaching is the fact that there is “no such thing as the absolute ownership of land”. They also remind us […]

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- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Women Deacons: An invitation to listen to the Holy Spirit?

The issue of women in ordained ministry in the Catholic Church is one which evokes very strong feelings among Catholics but also beyond the Church. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that women can never be ordained to the priesthood. The one place in relation to ordained ministry that the church has been looking at seriously – in recent times –  is the issue of women deacons. This too has been a difficult issue to discuss as, […]

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The Church should help heal Zimbabwe

In the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s elections, in which six persons died, a leading educationist, Jesuit Fr Joe Arimoso says to Vatican News that it is now left to the Church to pick up the pieces. After the “soft coup” which saw the stepping down of Zimbabwe’s former President, Robert Mugabe, after all the unforgettable euphoria on the streets, the world has been keeping an eye on Zimbabwe. The anticipation was heightened by the announcement that we would indeed have our […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

A pain that we must hold

How do we face the continual shocking news of abuse, racism, misogyny and a society that seems at times to be unaware of how profoundly problematic these issues are? Why aren't we all furious? In the face of more stories emerging, Ricardo da Silva SJ asks some hard questions - many that have no answer other than to feel pain and anger. 

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‘Shame and sorrow’ – Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Chilling revelations of widespread child sex abuse by priests have been revealed in a Grand Jury published in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday 14 August 2018. The report is the result of an in-depth investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses over seven decades. Two days after the report was released to the public the Vatican has offered an official statement as Catholic News Agency reports.

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Zimbabwe: No big changes are expected from the elections, and the economy is on the verge of collapsing

Longtime missionary and one-time prisoner, Jesuit Father Brian MacGarry, shares his feelings in an interview about the upcoming Zimbabwean election. Agenzia Fides reports. Harare – “The generals have everything under control. The candidates that belong to the majority and the opposition are however in some way controlled by them. To be honest, I do not think the elections will bring big changes in Zimbabwe”. Father Brian MacGarry reads the post-Mugabe political situation with disenchanted eyes in view of the vote […]

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Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, has issued the following statement on 24 July 2018 about the need for the Church to urgently create strong and comprehensive policies to address bishops’ violations of the vows of celibacy in cases of the criminal abuse of minors and in cases involving adults. “For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual improprieties […]

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- Peter-John Pearson

Civil society and the Global Compact on Migration

On 9 July, 180 civil society groups active in the field of migration issued a joint statement ahead of the sixth and final round of discussions on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), due to take place in New York. Peter-John Pearson, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office looks at the most important issues which the organisations asked the negotiating states to be vigilant about. 

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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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Bishop Pineda’s resignation, what it means and what happens next

The resignation of Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle on Friday morning is the latest in a series of episcopal scandals breaking across the Church. He is accused of multiple counts of sexual and financial misconduct, and how his case is handled will be closely watched says Ed Condon for Catholic News Agency. Pineda is alleged to have made repeated and unwanted sexual advances on seminarians. Other allegations include travelling on expensive holidays with “male companions” and even allowing a “companion” […]

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What to say of the crisis in the Church?

The sexual abuse crisis that has in recent months come to light in the Chilean Church has left many questioning. Earlier this week the New York Times exposed how popular former archbishop of Washington DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, preyed on young men who wanted to be priests. Miguel Jesús Pedreros, a Chilean Jesuit, reflects on his own reactions to the crisis facing the Church in his country. For a few weeks now I have been asking myself: “What to say […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: The Land is Ours

This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and the founding of what would become the ANC, the book is also testimony to the resilience of the black spirit. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reviews The Land is Ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

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TWEETS & RETWEETS


August 15, 2018 at 5:33am
In a few minutes Fr Anthony Egan SJ, Jesuit priest-ethicist, coming up on @SAfmRadio with @StephenGrootes #MediatedConversation discussing end-of-life issues.
August 14, 2018 at 6:17am
Jeannine Hill Fletcher delivers her paper “Desk Murderers in the Death by White Supremacy” at #RRJ2018 in Soweto South Africa #racism #RacialJustice @FordhamTheology https://t.co/UBFSJzu9yo SAJesuits photo
August 14, 2018 at 6:17am
Anthony Egan SJ delivering his paper: “Is Catholicism Racist? Cultural Hegemony and Power in a Universal Church” #RRJ2018 #RacialJustice #Catholic @CathBoSaSwa @FordhamTheology @ScrossZA Soweto, South Africa https://t.co/6QCHyzubdw SAJesuits photo
August 13, 2018 at 4:59am
“Religion & Racial Justice in South Africa and the United States” #RRJ2018 starts at the Soweto Hotel in Kliptown @FordhamTheology @UPTuks https://t.co/aCscxd74nq SAJesuits photo
August 12, 2018 at 12:33pm
Tonight “Religion and Racial Justice Conference in SA and the United States” starts in Soweto co-hosted by @JesuitInstitute @FordhamTheology @UPTuks