IMBISA SAYS WELCOME TO POPE FRANCIS

This statement is expressed in the document of the Catholic Bishops of Mozambique, of Conference Episcopal Mozambique, CEM, signed by President Lucio Andrade Muandula, pictured.

The Prelate, who is also the current President of IMBISA, addressing the faithful of Mozambican dioceses said, “The presence of the Pope among us means that the Catholic Church in Mozambique is not an isolated church, it is and remains in communion with the whole Church, “.

For the bishop, who is proud of the communion, he describes the Pope’s visit as a reason for hope by subscribing to the theme chosen “Hope, Peace and Reconciliation.” According to him, the Pope comes to help and enliven the traumas caused by the devastation of cyclones IDAI and Kenneth, as well as the communities of Cabo Delgado, “where populations have been suffering because of repeated armed attacks by groups not yet identified,” pointed out.

Francis in Mozambique has an extensive agenda that has already been announced. In addition to the public celebration with the faithful, the great expectation is the interreligious encounter with the young Mozambicans. The Argentine Pope is waiting to encourage the young people’s pastoral agenda in the Southern Africa region and in particular in IMBISA, without proselytizing consequences on other non-believing “minorities” or “majorities”.

Encontro dos Jovens com o Papa é a maior expectativa da visita a Moçambique

O encontro inter-religioso está catalisar expectativa na preparação da visita do Papa a Moçambique. O evento agendado para o dia 5 de Setembro de 2019, no Pavilhão da Maxaquene, está a mobilizar comunidades de não católicos, um facto de maior importância para o futuro religioso do país.

Numa ronda recente que a nossa reportagem efectuou a alguns pontos do país, conseguimos acolher testemunhos apontam para uma dimensão de um verdadeiro diálogo na preparação do evento. Padre Diamantino da Beira e Lucas Faustino Tomas da Diocese de Tete, partilharam por exemplo o rasgo de unidade como o traço mais visível deste encontro, “para nós a visita já começou com o facto de que católicos e não católicos falamos a mesma língua na preparação deste encontro”.

A partir de Maputo padre Semeão Muchanga disse que a mobilização é grande. A organização conta com a Comunidade Islâmica, Comunidade Hindu, COREM, organização que actua como conselho de Igreja Cristãs “todas a segundas –feiras nós temos encontro “, disse.

Segundo a organização num programa que tivemos acesso, alguns jovens foram escolhidos para apresentarem ao Papa os seus grupos e estes farão uma foto com Francisco, depois de lhe apresentarem suas inquietações. Em segunda, o Papa fará uma  oração inter-religiosa e apresentará a sua mensagem.

Pope Francis is going to meet young people in Mozambique

Among the Holy Father activities in Mozambique in will be an interreligious gathering with young people. The event will take place on the 5th September 2019, at the Maxaquene Pavilion.

Recent events indicate that a great deal of interreligious has been done to prepare for the gathering. This was confirmed by Fr. Diamantino of Archdiocese of Beira and Lucas Faustino of Diocese of Tete. Both indicate that unity is a basic and most visible feature of the gathering. In their words, “For us the visit has already begun with the fact that Catholics and non-Catholics speak the same language in preparation for gathering”.

Fr Semeao Muchanga of the Archdiocese of Maputu also confirmed that preparation for the gathering have been positive. Those to be present at the gathering include member of the Muslim community, Hindu Community and COREM which is a local organisation of Christian churches.

The preparation for the gathering indicate that each community will tender a song and a representative of them will greet the Holy Father and introduce his group to him.

It is expected that the holy father will made a prayer and present his message. This is an important gathering especially as it will direct and influence relationship between religious in Mozambique.

Francisco poderá entrar na história como mais próximo do continente

A convicção foi partilhada pelos argentinos espalhados pelo mundo
contactados por nós. Os nossos interlocutores apontaram para a grande coragem do argentino em defesa dos emigrantes, “Lâmpadusa é um exemplo”, disseram.

O Papa Francisco asseverou as suas relações com a europa, dando um exemplo de acolher os pretos  defende-los na terra alheia. “Este Papa não é nosso”, disse uma eupeia residente em Africa.

Francisco ainda arcebispo de Buenos Aires, várias vezes manifestou desejo de conhecer a Africa, especialmente Moçambique com que teve uma relação afetiva, enviando padre missionários para aquele país. Trata-se da diocese de Xai-Xai, onde a Igreja Argentina tem missionários no quadro da missão ad gentes.

O Bispo de Xai ’Xai, partilhou que não o surpreende esta visita a Moçambique, do agora Papa Francisco. “Adivinho que ele vem confortar e falar da missão ad gentes”, disse.

O continente africano no quadro dos 50 anos do SECAM rejubila com esta
visita de Francisco. Ao mesmo tempo espera de maiores incentivos para a missão no continente, como forma de rejuvenescimento da Igreja.

SACBC Statement on Sexual Abuse August 2019

“The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful.”  With these words, Pope Francis has called for “a profound conversion of heart” and “concrete and effective actions” on the part of the Church to eradicate the scourge of Child Sexual Abuse.

At our recent Plenary Conference held in Mariannhill, the Bishops of the SACBC, were addressed by Fr Hans Zollner SJ, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.  Fr Zollner outlined the latest “concrete and effective actions” that are being taken in the Church to fight Sexual Abuse.  As one of the Bishops commented “it was good and necessary to feel the sense of outrage and urgency” in Fr Zollner’s presentation.  The President of the SACBC Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, thanked him for, amongst other things, precisely, his passion.

Catholics are perhaps not sufficiently aware that immediately after the Bishops’ Conference in January this year, Bishop Sithembele along with the Presidents of all the Bishops’ Conferences in the world, had been summoned to Rome by the Pope.  Following this February gathering, an Apostolic Letter was issued by the Pope on the 1st May.  “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” or “You are the Light of the World” is a significant document, whose “concrete and effective actions” have – from the 1st June of this year – had legal force throughout the Catholic world. 

After speaking about Sexual Abuse in the Church in general, Fr Zollner highlighted the more significant facts of the Pope’s document – especially as regards the Bishops.

It is important that all Catholics be made aware of these.

The document names FOUR specific CRIMES:

  • Sexual acts with anyone by violence, threat or through the abuse of authority
  • Sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person
  • Child pornography – which includes production, exhibition and recruitment
  • Omissions or failures to act (especially as we shall see, on the part of Bishops!)

It is also important that we Bishops publicly acknowledge the developments concerning ourselves that have taken place in Church law.

  • A procedure is now in place to report any of the above crimes alleged to have been committed by a Bishop
  • On submission to the local Metropolitan (or Archbishop) such reports must be sent to Rome who must then respond within 30 days
  • A final report must be completed within 90 days

As is always the case with legal processes, there is more detail, however, the above facts illustrate the determination of the Pope and the Church to hold us Bishops accountable.  We cannot in any way, avoid our responsibilities.  In simple terms, we cannot “sweep things under the carpet.”  In the words of “You are the Light of the World” we have to take “concrete and effective action” against “crimes of sexual abuse”.

We Bishops of the SACBC wish to make it clear that we have received the law of “You are the Light of the World”.  Besides this grave responsibility that lies on our shoulders – personally and collectively – we recognize the urgent need for the work that must be done in the Seminaries of the Conference and also and especially, in the ongoing formation of our Clergy and Religious.

We confess that where a terrible darkness has entered the Church, we are committed to do all in our power to restore Light to Southern Africa.

Bispo culpa o clericalismo como uma das causas de abuso sexual

O bispo Sithembele Sipuka, que é o bispo de Mthatha na África do Sul, bem como o presidente da Conferência dos Bispos Católicos da SACBC, culpou, entre outras coisas, o flagelo do clericalismo predominante em alguns setores da Igreja como um dos as causas do abuso sexual infantil.

O bispo Sipuka estava falando na assembleia plenária de 2019 da SACBC que está ocorrendo atualmente em Mariannhill, África do Sul. Em sua opinião, o clericalismo é o “uso de status clerical ou poder por razões egoístas e se safar com isso. No caso do abuso sexual, a razão egoísta é o envolvimento sexual pervertido com os filhos, cometido pelos sacerdotes impunemente, sendo oferecida a oportunidade de repetir a ofensa ao ser encoberto pelo bispo e pelos leigos ”.

A SACBC, sendo uma Assembleia dos Bispos de Botswana, Eswatini e África do Sul, escolheu o tema do abuso sexual infantil para estudo durante a atual sessão plenária. Para este fim eles convidaram padre Hans Zillner SJ, que trabalha nesta área há vários anos. Uma delegação de Conferencia Episcopal de Lesoto estão no encontro.

No mesmo discurso, o Bispo Sipuka relembra a reunião dos Presidentes das Conferências Episcopais, realizada em Roma em fevereiro, como uma ocasião importante para a Igreja universal na luta contra o abuso sexual infantil. Para ele, a reunião em Roma não foi apenas um esquema para salvar as aparências de uma igreja lutando com sua imagem. Pelo contrário, a reunião conseguiu também focar no fato de que tais abusos acontecem até mesmo fora da igreja e, como tal, as causas do abuso são muito mais do que mero clericalismo.

Os Bispos da SACBC normalmente se reúnem duas vezes por ano para refletir sobre a vida da Igreja em seu território e esta é sua segunda reunião para 2019.

Bishop blames clericalism as one of the causes of child sexual abuse

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, who is the Bishop of Mthatha in South Africa as well as the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has blamed, among other things, the scourge of clericalism prevalent in some quarters in the Church as one of the causes of child sexual abuse.

Bishop Sipuka was speaking at the plenary assembly for 2019 of the SACBC currently taking place in Mariannhill, South Africa. In his view, clericalism is the “use of clerical status or power for selfish reasons and getting away with it. In the case of sexual abuse, the selfish reason is the perverted sexual engagement with children by priests with impunity and being offered the opportunity to repeat the offence by being covered up by the bishop and lay people”.

The SACBC, being an assembly of the Bishops of Botswana, Eswatini and South Africa, has chosen the topic of child sexual abuse for study during the current plenary session. To this end they are hosting Fr. Hans Zillner SJ who has worked in this area for a number of years now.  There is also a presence of some Bishops from Lesotho.

In the same address, Bishop Sipuka recalls the meeting of the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences which took place in Rome in February as a momentous occasion for the universal church in tackling child sexual abuse. For him, the meeting in Rome was not just a face-saving scheme for a church struggling with its image. On the contrary, the meeting managed to also focus on the fact that such abuses happen even outside the church and as such the causes of abuse are far more than mere clericalism.

The Bishops of the SACBC normally meet twice a year to reflect on the life of the Church in their territory and this is their second meeting for 2019.

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