Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Gays: What The Pope Said

Photo from WSJ entitled 'Pope Signals Openness To Gay Priests'
This is example of publication that got it wrong.

There has been much written about Pope Francis’ remarks to journalists about ‘gays’ on his flight home from World Youth Day. Yet, as seems to be the norm with modern journalists, they have by and large completely twisted what it is that the Pope actually said, or they have just created their own narrative using a few words spoken by the Pope.

Is Tutu Wrong About Homophobia?

Desmond Tutu Would Prefer Hell Over Homophobic Heaven
Photo: Huffington Post

Last week Desmond Tutu, in true Desmond Tutu style, sparked debate when he, according to various news sources such as the Huffington Post, said: “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.” He is also reported to have said: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pope Should Consider Security Risk
Crowds Surge Around Pope Francis' Car
Photo: Miami Herald

Yesterday I watched the Popes motorcade traveling through Rio de Janeiro on the first day of his arrival for World Youth Day 2013. What was concerning to me was the images of crowds of people breaking through barriers and crowding around the Pope's car.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

God, Love, Life and Sex - SA Bishops' Book

God, Love, Life and Sex
SA Archbishops' Publish New Book
Photo: SACBC

It has dawned on me that the South African Catholic Bishops’ should require every single parish in South Africa to make the bishops’ new book “God, Love, Life and Sex” available for sale at the back of the church. 

Friday, 19 July 2013

Promote Bishops' Book On Sex, Don't Criticise

God, Love, Life and Sex
To Order follow this Link

Since our only Catholic newspaper in South Africa is more inclined to devote the front-page to the critics of the South African Catholic Bishops’ book, “God, Love, Life and Sex”, it has to be left to us ordinary Catholics in the pews – or in my case in bed, to promote the bishops book.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Bishops Page Two, Critics Front-Page

On the 5th of June 2013 the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced that South Africa’s five metropolitan archbishops had released a new book. The book is entitled “God, Love, Life and Sex”. According to Lynn Harrison of the publishers, Mariannhill Mission Press, the book is intended as a “guide and resource for Christian living, marriage and family”.

Does Our Catholic Newspaper Have Right To Press Freedom?

Photo From UNESCO - Press Freedom

It is no secret that I am not a fan of The Southern Cross. I have not been shy about expressing my concerns about this newspaper on this Blog and in other places, like on Twitter. I have stated over and over again that this newspaper should either change its content, or the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference should no longer permit this newspaper to be sold from within our churches.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Beatification of First Opus Dei Prelate

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

On the 5th of July 2013 Pope Francis approved the miracle that was attributed to the intercession of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and this opened the way for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Guardians Of Orthodoxy

In this weeks editorial of The Southern Cross Gunther Simmermacher writes: “The internal division in the Catholic Church, and the acrimony that often accompanies it, are a scandal, in both senses of the word: they are a public disgrace and they can tempt people to sin.” Then later he writes: “It is indefensible when the self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy, some of them answerable only to themselves, go as far as to pass judgment over whether practising and loyal members of the Church may be regarded as Catholic.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Canonisation Used To Sow Discord

Blessed Pope John XXIII

Last week we received the news that Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II will both be canonised this year. This was good news, worthy to be celebrated. Unfortunately some in the Church have again turned this into a means to create division in the Church.