The Role of the Church in Society
Logo SACBCThe president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI, addresses the plenary meeting of the Conference on 25 January 2011: As a Bishops’ Conference, we are being continuously challenged to redefine the role of the Church in our changing societies. It is relatively easy to appreciate the public role of the Catholic Church in the area of social services, health care and development projects. During the past three years, the Bishops’ Conference has been discussing the topic of sexual morality with the view to issuing a pastoral document. What is missing in the public spaces of our societies is the voice of the Catholic Church (or the religious sector) that genuinely seeks to engage the public on moral-ethical issues which impinge on the society at large. Our 3 nations are developing democracies. They are politically stable, but fragile. To varying degrees, they are characterised by graft, violent crimes, corruption, the serious lack of service delivery and self enrichment by those in positions of responsibility. The South African jails are overflowing with prisoners. To the majority of the ordinary citizens, the promises of democracy and rule of law are not only dreams that have failed but in many a reminder of the painful experiences of the past.
Joint Media Statement issued by The National Interfaith Leaders Council and The National Religious Leaders Forum
Logo SACBCThe National Executives Committees of the National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC) and the National Religious Leaders Forum ( NRLF ) met today in Johannesburg at O.R Thambo International Airport to consider unity between the two organizations and collaboration on conflict resolution and peace and development issues in South Africa and the Continent .
Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban, to be present in Southern Sudan during the Secession Referendum
Logo SACBCWilfrid Cardinal Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban, will be present in Sudan during the referendum on secession for the South of Sudan. He will be a guest of Archbishop Paulino Lokudu Loro, the Archbishop of Juba and be part of an ecumenical monitoring team from all over Africa.


Diocese of Oudtshoorn Clergy Appointments ....

Dated 31 December 2010, Bishop de Gouveia promulgated the following appointments:

With immediate effect:

Vicar General | Fr. John AtkinsonVicar General | Fr. John Atkinson
Chancellor | Fr. David William Dettmer C.O.Chancellor | Fr. David William Dettmer C.O.
Financial Administrator | Fr. Steven ScheepersFinancial Administrator | Fr. Steven Scheepers

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