Combating with Love: The Case of Ebola

Combating with Love: The Case of Ebola.

by Fr Gilbert Fungai Banda, SJ

The chaos related to the Ebola virus has led to the stigmatization of those infected with the disease, their families and on a global level, the affected countries and Africa as a whole. Now with some cases being recorded in other parts of the world, fear of an uncontrollable disease with a potential to eliminate humanity looms. While every possible precaution is required to combat its spread, the stigma of the victims, the affected countries and Africa deepens

Family Synod, Part II: An unexpected document… and the aftermath by Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

Family Synod, Part II: An unexpected document… and the aftermath

by Russell Pollitt SJ

Making headlines, to describe the unexpected interim document on the Family Synod that came out of the Vatican on Monday, were things like “A stunning change”, “A Catholic earthquake” and “A bombshell document from the Vatican”. Twitter was abuzz with comments and most major news networks commented on the story. These headlines were followed, hours later, by others that said things such as “Here’s why Church teaching on ‘gay marriage’ did not change today” and “One of the worst documents drafted in Church history!” Some are excited and hopeful; others are clearly disappointed.

Article written by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

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Family Synod, Part I: Has there been open and frank discussion? by Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

Family Synod, Part I: Has there been open and frank discussion?

by Russell Pollitt SJ

Last week, at the beginning of the Synod on the Family in Rome, Pope Francis told the 190 bishops meeting that they should “speak boldly and listen with humility.” He also said “God’s dream clashes with the hypocrisy of some of his servants” and that “Bad pastors lay intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others, which they themselves do not lift a finger to move”. These are strong words from the Pontiff that suggest he really wants open and frank discussion about real issues affecting the family today and the teaching of the Catholic Church. At the close of the first week, just how open and frank has the discussion been? 

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