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“Xenophobic Violence is a National Disgrace” says Jesuit Institute South Africa

In light of the recent violence witnessed in Soweto, the Jesuit Institute South Africa and Jesuit Refugee Services: South Africa have issued a press release expressing their condemnation and concern for the situation and all those affected.  Click on the links below to read the relevant press releases. UPDATE: Fr Russell Pollitt SJ was interviewed on eNCA about the violent xenophobic outbursts. Hear what he had to say by clicking here.   Jesuit Institute South Africa – Press Release – 23 Jan ...

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Freedom of Expression and Religion in Secular Society

What role does freedom of expression play in our ability to practice religion in a secular society? Freedom of expression is vital to the practice of religion in South Africa. Our Constitution stipulates that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion (section 15). This means that we are free to believe in the important tenets of our chosen faith. It also protects our ability to practice this faith in the public sphere, in ...

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Op-Ed: On sexual abuse in the Church – facing our failures

The sexual abuse crisis that rocked the Catholic Church worldwide has been one of the most disillusioning things I have had to face as a Catholic Priest. It is a source of shame, anger and frustration for me and many other faithful Catholics. Abuse can and has happened in many contexts but is amplified when it occurs in the Church, an institution that many trust and seek help and protection from. Even more deplorable is ...

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