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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.

 

 

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  • BP 508: The Cost of Staying at Home-The psycho-social consequences of the lockdown for families While the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed to prevent its spread have exposed the fault lines of inequality in our society, there has been less focus on the psycho-social consequences of the lockdown for families required to stay at home. While for some this has been an opportunity to spend quality time with family, ...
  • BP 507: Advocacy for the Common Good in the Old Testament Advocacy implies speaking for the disadvantaged or marginalised in society. We tend to think of advocacy as a modern phenomenon, yet biblical literature has advocated for the marginalised in society since time immemorial.  Our world today also marginalizes people, and we can take a leaf out of the Old Testament’s advocacy in these troublesome situations. ...
  • BP 506: A New Kind of Deal for South Africa South Africa faces unprecedented economic challenges. Some, such as the billions of Rands scurried away by those bent on emptying the state coffers, have been self-inflicted; others, such as the devastating effects of COVID-19, are imported. When Statistics South Africa released its latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the three months to March 2020 (this ...
  • Refugee Digest 44 As the pandemic enters new phases in different parts of the world, it is possible to begin to discern some of the patterns that have emerged during this time. We have been confronted by the systemic roots of the stark inequalities that ravage the lives of millions, the enduring legacy of undisguised racism, and the ...

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