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Fr. Matthew Charlesworth, S.J.

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The Constitutional Court in South Africa has ruled  that adults found using, in private possession of, or cultivating dagga for their personal use will not be prosecuted. The ruling is a controversial one that has sparked reactions from all sides. For Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya the ConCourt decision leads him to consider the curious relationship that can exist between legality and morality. He is not much concerned with the particular ruling – his is a more philosophical investigation. One does not need […]

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Church changes Catechism – death penalty is “inadmissible”

In a letter to bishops from the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, it was announced yesterday on the Feast of St Alphonsus Liguori, that the Church has recognised a development in understanding and protecting the dignity of all human life. Consequently, Pope Francis has ordered that a paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church be revised to explicitly ban all forms of the death penalty and to encourage Catholics to promote […]

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