Columns

  • Five reasons for Pakatan Harapan’s chastening defeat in Tanjung Piai

    Nov 22, 2019

    Pakatan Harapan’s defeat to Barisan Nasional in yesterday’s Tanjung Piai polls was the most predictable of all the by-elections held since the 2018 general election.

  • Faith and Dying

    Nov 15, 2019

    The common notion among us as Christians is that if someone has a genuine faith, she should be able to face death without fear or doubt.

  • Vanity of vanities: Listening to the music of ‘economic growth’ while the planet sinks

    Nov 14, 2019

    Recently, news reports emerged indicating that large parts of nine Malaysian states could be underwater by 2050. At around the same time, an article in nature.com noted that sea levels rose by 11-16 cm in the 20th Century.

  • Critical conversions of our time — the Big Picture

    Nov 10, 2019

    A lot of the global media coverage of the Amazon Synod focused on sensational issues such as the support for married men in the region becoming priests and the lively conversations about allowing women to serve in the permanent diaconate.

  • The frustrating struggle for humility

    Nov 10, 2019

    It’s hard to be humble, not because we don’t have more than enough deficiencies to merit humility, but rather because there’s a crafty mechanism inside of us that normally doesn’t let us go to the place of humility.

  • Stolen statues – and the need for ecological conversion

    Nov 01, 2019

    Last week, at least two conservative protesters crept into the Church of St Mary in Traspontina in Rome at dawn and stole wooden carvings of nude preg

  • The grace within passivity

    Nov 01, 2019

    As Christians, we say that Jesus gave his life for us and that he gave his death for us, but we tend to think of this as one and the same thing. It’s not. Jesus gave his life for us through his activity; he gave his death for us through his passivity. These were two separate movements.

  • The economy should serve the people

    Oct 26, 2019

    In 2013 the influential Atlantic website in a commentary Pope Francis’ Theory of Economics said the economist who most closely reflects the Bishop of Rome’s thinking was sociopolitical economist and anthropologist Karl Polanyi.

  • Grieving as a spiritual exercise

    Oct 26, 2019

    A deep psychological scar is the same as having some part of your body permanently damaged in an accident. You will never be whole again and nothing c

  • Land-grabbing displaces the poor

    Oct 19, 2019

    Scripture has so many passages about greed. Yet, these warnings often fall on deaf years.