The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.


Latest Publications

BP 426 Morality and Land Reform BP 2017

The question of land reform in South Africa is articulated in the Constitution in very clear terms. The Preamble talks of South Africa as “our land”.

Refugees Digest 14 March 2017

A number of events on the world stage have prompted strong responses from various faith communities to issues around itinerant people. The present Digest captures a wide sampling of such reflections and initiatives.

BP 425 Addiction December 2016

We all have the capacity to develop an addiction. However, while some addictions, like running or knitting, are harmless, others such as alcohol, drugs and gambling will impact negatively on the addict, the family and the community.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Alternative forms of Land Ownership, 15 March 2017

Government has put forward alternative forms of land ownership to enhance the process of land reform, from collectives to 50/50. What exactly are these programmes and systems, and are they working?

Public Lecture: Amoris Laetitia, 22 March 2016

Amoris Laetitia: Where to from here? Some Thoughts on the Interpretation of the Document

Unpacking the 2017 Budget: What are the options for the poor? 9 March 2016

“For us the economy is about society deciding about how to share its resources so that all people have access to the goods and services they require to live at a level of dignity…