Personal opinion pieces on a wide range of Catholic issues by different writers.

South African Viewpoint: Six million youth disempowered?

I am not an expert in figures, but I definitely know that six million people is more than 10% of our nation.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) almost six million youth had not registered by the closing date at the end of January 2019. Was this their way of showing disappointment in their leaders or prospective leaders? The IEC slogan "voting is your way to be heard" ...

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Viewpoint: How Benedict's essay on sex abuse is being weaponized

Massimo Faggioli

Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. writes in Commonweal Magazine

On the evening of April 10, six weeks after the conclusion of the Vatican's summit on the sex-abuse crisis, the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, made known his thoughts on the genesis of that crisis in a five-thousand-plus-word essay sent to a periodic...

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Viewpoint: They were praying the Rosary outside Notre Dame Cathedral


In June 2016, my father and I flew down to Nice. It was a fairly quick one-night stopover to see England play Iceland in Euro 2016.

On the way to our hotel as we were driving along Nice's Promenade des Anglais we decided, in our rather poor French, to try and make conversation with our Uber driver. We asked him if he was following the French team. He replied with an emphatic non! We asked...

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South African Viewpoint: The elephant in the room: The clergy

"It seems the younger priests emerging from seminaries, here and elsewhere, are getting better (or worse!) at demanding full allegiance from the laity," said an email I received this week.

Last Saturday the Archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Tlhagale, preached about his woes - and sufferings - as a diocesan bishop at the first profession of a religious sister. He reportedly said that that s...

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Viewpoint: What the 'Women Church World' resignations really mean


Rita Ferrone writes in an article titled 'Don't Blame the Patriarchy' in Commonweal magazine: I've never been much enamoured of the idea of a 'women's supplement' to L'Osservatore Romano - What does that say about the main publication? That it's a men's newspaper-and intends to stay that way?

In 2012, out of a desire to promote women, Pope Benedict XVI asked the newspaper's then...

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Viewpoint: Open letter asks Sinn Fein MPs to vote in relation to Brexit

image: ICN/JS

The following open letter has been sent today to Sinn Fein MPs: Órfhlaith Begley, Mickey Brady, Michelle Gildernew, Chris Hazard, Paul Maskey, Elisha McCallion and Francie Malloy.

Dear Sein Fein MPs,

This is a plea to you, the seven elected representatives from NI to take your seats in Westminster and vote according to your constituents' wishes, particularly now in relatio...

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Viewpoint: My memorable and lifelong adventure

Lenny (right) with Scholastica

Lenny Jilo is a teacher who runs six nutritional nurseries, providing meals and basic education for 237 children in Nariokotomo, Turkana, in northwest Kenya. She's been visiting London for the past two weeks with Scholastica Wamaluwa, a nurse in charge of the health programmes at the mission. In this essay Lenny writes about her life and work.

I was 19 years old when I first met ...

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Viewpoint: Pro-life concerns raised over Ireland's new overseas aid policy

The Irish government has launched - A Better World - as its new overseas aid policy to be administered by Irish Aid. The policy reminds us that "improving the quality and availability of health services with a strong focus on maternal and child health has been a long-standing component of our development cooperation".

That focus was initiated by Irish missionaries in the 1950s many of who...

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Viewpoint: World Council of Churches is not 'anti-Israeli'

Ecumenical Accompaniers in Hebron

A Jerusalem Post report of 20 February 2019 by Hagay Hacohen titled: "World Council of Churches exposed as biased, anti-Israeli group" is inaccurate and riddled with false innuendo.

The description of the report as a "1 minute read" indicates how superficial an effort the Jerusalem Post editorial team made to substantiate the allegations it reported as facts.

The World Council of Ch...

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Viewpoint: Mary Ward would see a new mission in Egypt

When Mary Ward started religious life for women along the Jesuit model, and schools for girls along the same lines as Jesuit education for boys, she knew what she was about. She had grown up in the Catholic underground, moving around various English recusant households, and was raised largely by her female relatives. In those early seventeenth century Catholic recusant communities, women had a ...

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Viewpoint: US Bishop writes - wearing a Trump hat 'is not exactly pro-life'

Bishop John Stowe OFM Conv

Writing in the Lexington Herald Leader, yesterday, Franciscan Bishop John Stowe, of Lexington, Kentucky, commented on issues raised by videos which appeared to show a rowdy group of Catholic high school students from his diocese mocking a native American elder.

Bishop Stowe writes: "Without engaging the discussion about the context of the viral video or placing the blame entirely on these...

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Viewpoint: Seeking common ground between Christianity and Islam

Rev Dr Michael D Calabria,

Fr Victor Edwin SJ, director of Vidyajyoti Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, New Delhi and editor of Salaam, in conversation with Rev Dr Michael D Calabria, OFM, PhD. Fr Michael is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province. After studying library science at Columbia University (MLS, 1988) and working as an academic librarian in New York...

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US Viewpoint: 'A crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul'

Family separation at the US/Mexico border has been internationally condemned

Blaming huge numbers of violent killings, assaults, sex crimes and drug overdoses on undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump in his first prime-time speech from the Oval Office (Jan. 8) said: "This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul," and insisted that Congress provide $5.7 billion for a wall extension along the US-Mexico border. Presiden...

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US Viewpoint: A crisis of Trump's own making

President Donald Trump

Rev Jim Wallis writes in Sojourners today: First, racism is always based on lies; it always has been and always will be. We saw that again in Donald Trump's address to the nation on Tuesday. It was more of the same lies he has used since he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015. He used his lies last night to try to justify his border wall, the signature issue of his political c...

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